St. Paul girls pass first test, clinch state tourney berth

The undefeated St. Paul girls basketball team has a tough week ahead of it with games against Crosby, Woodland and Naugatuck.

The Falcons passed the first test Monday night at home with a 58-39 victory over the Bulldogs behind 29 points and eight steals from Lizzy Cretella. St. Paul improved to 8-0 with the win and clinched a Class M state tournament berth. Stephanie Speaker scored eight points while Amelia Sanchez added six points, according to a boxscore reported to the Waterbury Republican-American. St. Paul led 18-12 after one quarter and steadily pulled away after that.
Ninoshka Figueroa led Crosby with 22 points while Mariah Machado added 10 points.
St. Paul continues its big week Wednesday with a 7 p.m. road game at Woodland. The Hawks (8-1) picked up their eighth straight victory Monday by defeating Sacred Heart 37-30 Monday night.
Crosby (6-2) faces another stiff test Wednesday night on the road at 7 against Holy Cross. The only loss for the Crusaders came against Mercy in that school’s holiday tournament.