Maggie Connolly hit 5 three-pointers as No. 1 Ursuline used a strong second quarter to hand No. 2 Sanford their first in-state loss 50-40 Thursday night.
Sanford took advantage of their interior size early, as Allie Kubek and Kendra Warren helped get the Warriors out to a 20-14 lead after the opening quarter.
Ursuline attempted to match their opponent’s size in the second quarter by bringing Kay Wulah off the bench, and it paid dividends.
Ursuline won the second quarter 21-9, including Yanni Hendley’s four-point play late in the quarter that put them ahead 35-29 at halftime.
Playing without Olivia Tucker, Sanford had limited substitution options, and the fatigue began to show in the second half, as they were forced into a zone that slowed the game down, which was fine with Ursuline, as Sanford could not get closer than 6 points in the second half.
Down by 8 with two minutes left, Sanford was content to stay in their zone, and Ursuline pretty much had their run of the clock, as Sanford chose to not expend extra energy down the stretch, hoping for a postseason matchup against their traditional rivals.
Ursuline (17-1) picked up 21 points from Connolly and another 10 from Hendley. They’ll host Caravel for Senior Night Saturday at 7pm.
Sanford (16-3) wraps up their regular season at Padua Tuesday at 5:30.