Sacred Heart girls looking to bounce back after two straight losses

Sacred Heart freshman Aamya Rivera led the team with 20 points on Wednesday night.

The Sacred Heart girls basketball team was 8-3 heading into last Friday’s home game against Torrington.
The Hearts were on their way to 9-3, but a rough fourth quarter produced a disappointing 46-44 loss to the Red Raiders inside Alumni Hall.
Sacred Heart traveled to Kennedy High School on Wednesday for a city matchup, and it came away with a 60-42 loss. The Hearts dropped to 8-5 with the defeat. Sacred Heart tries to get back on the right track on Friday at Ansonia at 5 p.m.

Junior Victoria Santiago reached the 1,000th point in her career on Wednesday night.

The Hearts, who don’t have a single senior on the roster, saw the veteran-laden Eagles pull away after being down just six points at halftime.
Freshman Aamya Rivera led Sacred Heart with 20 points.
“She’s going to be very good,” Kennedy head coach Jennifer Deeley said.
The Eagles focused on electric sophomore Treasure Coleman and held her to just five points. 
Going into the game, Hearts junior Victoria Santiago needed just four points to reach 1,000 for her career. Santiago hit two foul shots in the first quarter, then converted a lay-up with 6:52 left in the first half to reach 1,000. Thanks in part to the Kennedy defense, Santiago didn’t score again.

Sophomore Hayley Tucker (12) scored 10 points and hit two 3-pointers.

Sophomore Hayley Tucker was the only other Heart in double figures with 10 points.
There were some good things from Sacred Heart on Wednesday. There was Rivera, who battled her way to 20 points, including six of seven from the foul line. Tucker drained three outside jump shots, including two 3-pointers.
Overall, the Hearts were 16 for 19 from the foul line. Coleman didn’t make a field goal, but did convert five of her six free throws.
Before the losses to Torrington and Kennedy, Sacred Heart had won four straight games. The Hearts are hoping to start another winning streak Friday at Ansonia.