The Saugus girls’ basketball team improved to 7-2 on the season on Wednesday night after beating Somerville, 61-43. Saugus managed to come out on top in a tight contest and are looking to carry their momentum into Friday night’s game at home against Danvers.
“It was a good game, Somerville are always a pest for us – they don’t go away,” said Saugus coach Mark Schreunder. “They kept it even. Basketball is a game of runs. They’d go on a run of their own and then we’d pull it together.”
Saugus finished the first quarter up 17-5, though the Highlanders kept it even in the second. Somerville opened the third with a 7-0 run and trimmed their deficit to three points.
The Sachems were helped greatly by their well-rounded group of shooters. Alessia Salzillo led the way on Wednesday with a career-high 17 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter.
“It’s good for her that she was able to step up like that,” said Schreunder. “We needed someone as a team to step up.”
Olivia Valente added 13 points while Krissy Italiano had nine.
“Somerville are a scrappy group, but we’re happy to have come away with a win,” Schreunder added. “We have momentum going into our next game.”
Saugus will host Danvers, who are undefeated. The Falcons play a two-three zone and press. The Sachems have already begun preparing.
“That team has no weaknesses,” Schreunder said. “They have good shooters, good post play and a solid point guard. They’re well coached … It’s a challenge, but we’re taking things one at a time. We want to play clean and limit mistakes.”