The Sacred Heart boys basketball team held off Crest Ridge for a 62-50 win on Tuesday to open the season.
The Gremlins led by as many as 16 in the second half before the Cougars made a late run, but could get no closer than 11 points.
After a pair of Noah McCune baskets and a drive by Austin Summit cut the lead to 59-48, Sacred Heart answered with an Alden Harding free throw, an offensive rebound when Harding missed the second and two more free throws from Teagan Trammell.
Harding had 17 points in his Sacred Heart debut, 16 of them in the first half as the Gremlins built a 34-20 lead at the break.
“He had a nice game, when he took care of the ball in the first half; he was really good,” said Gremlins coach Steve Goodwin. “The second half we all got a little softer with the ball. We’ve got to ratchet it up. It’s the first game and we’re young, but I think we can play a lot better than that.”
Trent Lyles scored 21 points including a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. In the third quarter, Lyles hit a basket driving the lane, then picked up a steal and added another layup to make it 44-28, Sacred Heart’s largest lead of the game.
Sacred Heart’s defense caused 24 Crest Ridge turnovers as Sacred Heart held the Cougars to 10 points in each of the first two quarters before Crest Ridge scored 18 in the third.
“I thought we had some spurts where we were pretty active,” Goodwin said. “I also thought we also had some times where we weren’t very active and we let them get by us and we need to do a much better job of talking on defense. We’ve got a ways to go.”
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