Holy Cross girls still undefeated

It has been another strong regular season so far for the Holy Cross girls basketball team.

The Crusaders are 13-0 entering this evening’s home game against Ansonia (11-2). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Holy Cross’ senior co-captains are Isabella Oliver and Rachel Healey. The Crusaders are the second-ranked team in the GameTimeCT girls basketball Top 10 poll.

Junior Shania Howard has been one of the leading scorers, but her most important impact has been on the defensive end. Howard had a whopping eight steals in a 65-59 comeback win at Windsor, a tough foe from the Central Connecticut Conference. Four or five steals in a game is a normal stat for the speedy guard.

Sophomore Corinne Lomax is a walking double-double who has also shown she can dribble well for someone her size (six feet tall). Lomax had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Mercy-Middletown. She tallied 25 points against Seymour, 20 against WCA and 21 against Woodland.

Oliver and Healey have provided senior leadership, along with some double-figure scoring efforts. Junior Isabella Lombardo has put in some strong efforts as well. Fellow juniors Julia Benvegnu and Madelyn Neibel have provided quality minutes. Besides Lomax and Healey, head coach Frank Lombardo has another six-footer, sophomore Quinn Barry, that he can turn to.

After Ansonia, Holy Cross has two games against St. Paul (Jan. 30, Feb. 9), two against Naugatuck (Jan. 26, Feb. 5), one against Oxford (Feb. 2) and one against Seymour (Feb. 14).