Huskies top Black Knights for third straight win

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Cardinal Huskies Girls Basketball

Hanna Traggiai scored a game-high 14 points and Camille Cummins added 12 to lead Cardinal to a 45-33 win over visiting Newbury on Saturday.

With the win, the Huskies improved to 3-0 on the year for the first time in head coach Luke Kruse’s tenure.

“3-0 feels like a dream,” said Traggiai, who also had four steals. “Coming into this season, my teammates and I knew we had what it would take to compete every game this year and so far we have. I’m so lucky to be part of a program with such great team chemistry. We’ve been playing together since (recreation league) and it’s finally paying off. Together we’re unstoppable. I’m so anxious to see what else is in store for our program this year.”

Cardinal led just 11-10 after the first quarter then started to pull away in the second to lead 22-16 at the break.

Newbury won the third quarter, 7-4, but the Huskies responded with a 19-point fourth to seal the win.

Traggiai credited her teammates for their efforts in spreading the ball to the open player.

“Every individual success we have this year really is dependent upon our chemistry; we play together,” she said. “Tonight I just happened to be the one who was open, got the passes, and made the shots. I won’t deny it felt great to be making those shots on our home court.”

Cummins recorded her third straight double-double with 12 points and a team-high 17 rebounds. She also had five steals, five assists and four blocked shots.

“I’ve just been crashing the boards and working down low,” Cummins said. “This team is very close this year because with such low numbers it really has brought the team together and we are working better together than we ever have before.”

Brittni Lawrence contributed with eight points while Annamarie Pollack and Ashley Gubanyar finished with five and four, respectively.

The Huskies will be tested this week with home games against Grand Valley on Monday and Hawken on Wednesday.

“In order to sustain the success, we need to keep up the defensive energy and I need to continue to follow my shot and work down low for rebounds,” Cummins said.

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