With leading scorer Josie Amerson sidelined due to a sprained ankle, the School of the Holy Child basketball squad relied on something else Tuesday evening.
Good old-fashioned team defense.
In a contest that was live-streamed on MSGVarsity.com, the Gryphons forced double-digit turnovers in each half and held visiting Greenwich Academy to just 11 points after the intermission in a 44-23 victory.
It was the third time this season that Holy Child (4-2) had limited its opponent to 33 points or less -- a trend that last season's FAA finalist is hoping to continue.
"We were able to apply pressure and that helped lead to points," said senior forward Julie Anne Kellett, who scored 10 points. "I'm really happy with where we are right now, but we also have some things to work on. Our defense was strong today though, that's a good sign moving forward."
Senior Shannon O'Connor, who participated in the annual East-West New England Prep School Athletic Conference All-Star Game last season, led the way with 13 points and four steals.
Chellzea Edgar and Elizabeth Curcio added six points apiece for the Gryphons, who took control of the rematch of last year's FAA quarterfinal round matchup with an early 15-2 run.
The Gators (1-5) were powered by senior Galen Hughes, who finished with game-highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds.
Hughes added two blocks, a steal and almost single-handedly kept GA in the game in the second half before the Gryphons used an 8-0 spurt near the 10-minute mark to pull away.
Jubilee Johnson came off the bench to add five points for the Gators.