After dropping three of its first four games of the season, the Saugus High School girls’ basketball team evened its record at 3-3 with a solid 50-27 win over Medford last Friday night. The Sachems were coming off a close defeat of Beverly just a few days earlier.
Two Saugus players finished in double figures; Peyton DiBiasio poured in 12 points while teammate Ella Castle collected 11. Fallon Millerick chipped in with nine. Head Coach Mark Schruender credited the team’s effective defensive effort for igniting the victory.
“Defense is our offense when we’re playing well, and that’s what we had (against Medford). We were able to force some turnovers and get out in transition,” he told the press after the game. “That’s what helped push us out to that lead.”
The lead the coach referred to was a hefty 22-7 advantage after the first two periods.. Holding just a one-point lead at 5-4 early in the game, Saugus went on a 17-4 surge to build the double-digit cushion by halftime.
Schruender praised the performance of Juliana Powers, Maddy Femino and Ana Silva for their strong play off the bench. “We rely a lot on our depth, so to get a lot of girls into the game will only benefit us going forward,” he said.
Saugus had produced an insurmountable 22-point lead by the middle of the fourth quarter. As a result, Schruender was able to empty his bench and give some of the reserves valuable court time. The Sachems have resumed their season after being interrupted when the recent COVID-19 surge forced the postponement of several games.
A three-week layoff ended with the 35-32 squeaker over Beverly last Tuesday. The Sachems played at Masconomet on Thursday night (after press deadline), and travel to take on Marblehead Friday night. Saugus then hosts the Lynn Classical Rams on Monday night during a busy stretch of games.