Girls Varsity Basketball
The St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Basketball team opened up 2018 with a bang.
On Wednesday, January 3 the Storm took on the Hornets of Hamden Hall. Luke's started out hot, hitting shots and moving the ball well. McKenna Frank ‘18 was stellar under the boards in the first half and Caroline Lau ‘22 dished the ball effectively to give St. Luke’s a half-time lead of 42-14.
The deep Storm bench took over in the second half with Jada Boggs ‘19 working tirelessly on defense and Hanna Amendola ‘19 a force under the basket. St. Lukes took the FAA contest by a final score of 74-43. Lead scorers were Maya Klein ‘18 (21), Janelle Johnson ‘20 (16) and Frank (15).
On Saturday, January 6 GVBB took on a very skilled Taft School. The two teams battled in the first half and the score reflected that with St. Luke’s edging matters 27-20 at halftime. The Storm came out in the second half hitting shots and playing solid defense. They went on defensive lockdown and produced a 39-14 run with 13:45 left in the game. Four players were in double figures as Johnson (18), Klein (16), Lau (13) and Frank (11) top scored. The bench continued to provide solid play especially from Boggs, Amendola, Sophie Kriftcher ‘20 and Summer Klein ‘20. Final score 66-41 to the Storm.
Boys Varsity Basketball hosted The Gunnery School on Saturday, January 6, sporting new uniforms, but missing a few key players through injury.
The Storm did welcome back Nick Brown ‘20 though and Coach Newsom played his entire squad in both halves. The team responded with its hallmark unselfish play and solid defense.
The Storm never trailed and while the score was close in the first period, it ended with a lot of energy. St. Luke’s ran their five-second offense, after a defensive stop, finishing with a layup at the other end as the buzzer sounded. The bang-bang play had the fans on their feet.
The second half started with the energy exhibited at the end of the first half and a seven point lead quickly ballooned to eleven points. The Storm maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game with every player contributing on both sides of the court.
On a closing note, it was great to see a number of alumni attend the game cheering on their friends and former teammates.