NEW BRITAIN - Separated by just two-tenths of a mile, it was the Innovation girls basketball team that won the matchup of the Slater Road schools for the first time.
Bailee Nardi scored a game-high 14 points and contributed seven boards as the Ravens beat Goodwin Tech 30-20 Monday night to earn their first win of the season.
“Kids played great defense, that’s what led us to the win,” Innovation head coach Michael Jessie said. “Our concentration was on stopping [Paola] Barbosa and we were able to do that.”
Barbosa led the Gladiators with 13 points. Christina Fernandez finished with 16 rebounds and six blocks to go along with her six points for the Ravens as well.
After a slow first half by both teams in which Innovation (1-1) led 11-8 at halftime, the Ravens effectively put the game way in the third quarter, outscoring the Gladiators (1-2) 11-3.
Goodwin Tech attempted to make it closer in the fourth, outscoring Innovation 9-8, but it proved to be too little too late.