North Haven Indians’ Girls’ Hoops Dispatches Cross 41-23

Haley Arnaoutis scored 13 points to lift North Haven girls' basketball to a 41-23 win against division rival Cross on Jan. 15. Photo by John Vanacore/The Courier
Haley Arnaoutis scored 13 points to lift North Haven girls' basketball to a 41-23 win against division rival Cross on Jan. 15. Photo by John Vanacore/The Courier

The North Haven girls’ basketball team snagged 20 steals to win a big SCC Oronoque contest against Cross at home by the count of 41-23 on Jan. 15.

The Indians held a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and then outscored the Governors 14-3 in the third quarter en route to improving to 6-5 on the campaign. With two more wins, Chris Barry’s squad would qualify for the state tournament.

“We played an excellent first quarter,” said Coach Barry, whose team is 1-3 in the Oronoque. “Defensively, we applied good pressure and, offensively, we did a nice job of making the extra pass and playing good team ball. In the second quarter, we rushed shots and turned the ball over way too many times, which resulted in only four points. We settled down in the third quarter and got back to showing better patience on the offensive end, not forcing the issue.”

Haley Arnaoutis led the Indians by scoring 13 points with six rebounds and four steals. North Haven was further aided by Brie Melillo, who scored 12 with three boards and five steals, plus Jill Johnson, who netted 12 points and had seven steals. Next up for North Haven is a home Oronoque showdown against East Haven at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. The Indians dropped a 47-37 contest to the Yellowjackets earlier this season.

“This team continues to show good potential,” said Coach Barry. “Ideally, we need to improve our consistency. We need to play four quarters of the quality basketball I know we are capable of.”

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