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Zaccagnini leads Holy Cross women’s basketball to Class M title against Bacon Academy

UNCASVILLE—Three years, 43 wins and now, finally, a state championship for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team.

No.1-seeded Holy Cross led wire to wire, earning a 61-38 victory over No.2 Bacon Academy in the CIAC Class M Championship match at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, finishing a season unbeaten at 27-0.

Holy Cross, tied for the top of the GameTimeCT poll with Notre Dame-Fairfield, is the only undefeated team in the state and hasn’t lost in its last 43 games since the 2020 regular season.

It is the second state title for the Crusaders whose only other title came in 2007 in Class M.

“It’s amazing. It’s what we dreamed of doing and we achieved it. It’s the best feeling ever,” Holy Cross junior guard Mya Zaccagnini said. great defense and we held them to zero points for the first half of the first quarter and we kept going and that trickled down to our offense and we did it.

Zaccagnini had 20 points, senior Cayla Howard adding 16 and Nyasia Smith scoring 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Holy Cross jumped on Bacon straight away, going up 8-0, leading 19-8 after one and 32-17 at halftime.

Bacon would not close the gap, turning the ball over 26 times, with Holy Cross scoring 21 points on those turnovers.

Marissa Nudd beat Bacon with 15 points.

“I think our pressure hurt them. We play with a lot of kids and picking them up all over the field and having (Valerie Luizzi) use a lot of energy from baseline to baseline got them a little tired towards the end of that first quarter -time,” Holy Cross coach Frank Lombardo said. “This is a special group of older people. Everyone knows that two years ago we were in the state semifinals when it was cut short due to the pandemic. Last year we were undefeated but there was no state tournament. It wasn’t enough for us to do that. We came to win the game.

GAME PLAYER


Mya Zaccagnini, Sainte-Croix: On the last shot she took in the game, a long jumper from the left corner, Zaccagnini scored her 1,000th career point. Zaccagnini is now a multi-sport state champion, having also won two state titles with the Holy Cross women’s soccer team, including one last fall.

CITABLE

“Today is how we’ve played all season. We’ve played defensively like this every game this year,” Zaccagnini said. our attack. That’s how we won and that’s how we stayed unbeaten. We kept pushing. It was our dream and we achieved our dream.

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

SAINTE-CROIX 61, ACADEMY BACON 38

BACON ACADEMY 8 9 8 13 — 38
HOLY CROSS 19 13 12 17 — 61

BACON ACADEMY

Emilie Ferrigno 2 0 0 4; Valerie Luizzi 1 3 6 5; Marissa Nudd 3 9 12 15; Shea Cara 4 2 4 11; Emma Mancuso 1 0 0 3; Katelyn Novak 0 0 0 0; Elizabeth Glover 0 0 0 0; Olivia Tellar 0 0 0 0; Grace Saldana 0 0 0 0; Ariel Nair 0 0 0 0; Veronique Smith 0 0 0 0.
Totals: 11 15 24 38.

THE HOLY CROSS

Mya Zaccagnini 9 1 2 20; Nyasia Smith 6 2 2 14; Atkins 0 0 0 0; Cayla Howard 6 3 4 16; Kristina Perry 3 0 0 6; Loren Tuck 0 0 0 0; Shania Howard (5) 1 1 2 3; Madelyn Neibel 0 0 0 0; Rachel Healey 0 0 0 0; Nadia Pelosi 0 0 0 0; Isabelle Lombardo 1 0 0 2; Ava Purcaro 0 0 0 0; Isabelle Olivier 0 0 0 0; Lariyah Booker 0 0 0 0.
Totals: 26 7 10 61

3-point field goals: Holy Cross: Zaccagnini, C. Howard. Bacon Academy: Shea

Recordings: Sainte-Croix 29-0, Bacon Academy 23-4