On Wednesday, junior guard Grace Lurz led Cheshire High School girls’ basketball (1-2) to their first win, 46-40, over Guilford (0-3). After missing Cheshire’s first two games due to being a close contact for COVID-19, Lurz marked her season debut by netting a career-high 20 points.
In the first half, Lurz scored 10 points, including a three-pointer to open the game. In the second quarter, she had consecutive baskets to propel the Rams to a 15-11 lead.
After ending the first quarter tied at 9-9, CHS and Guilford were deadlocked at 17-17 in the second, but senior guard Kaylee Clark drained a three-pointer under five seconds to put Cheshire up at halftime. Clark netted all of her six points before the break.
Guilford tied the game at 22-22, but Cheshire closed the third quarter on an 8-2 spurt and didn’t give up the lead from there. During the key run, sophomore Taylor Fitzgerald came off the bench to score on a put back and also make two foul shots.
In the fourth quarter, junior Tess Givens hit a three-pointer and senior Ella Watson scored on an offensive rebound to extend the lead to 37-28. Lurz supplied eight points during the final frame, helping new Cheshire Head Coach Angelica Ariola pick up her first victory.
Givens and Watson both finished with five points, while Fitzgerald and junior Jenna Stickney had four each. Among others, Fitzgerald, Watson, and junior Emily Grayson came up with key loose balls during the game.
Seniors Hailey Beling and Jordan DeMatteo both sank free throws in the first half.
Senior Moira Kellaher paced Guilford with 16 points. Junior teammate Faith O’Donnell contributed all of her 13 points in the second half.
After opening the year with three home games, the Rams start a three-game road trip on Friday at Shelton (2-1). The game starts at 7 p.m.
Check back for results of the meet at Mount Southington.