For the Staples girls basketball team, ridding themselves of the chaos in Saturday's game with Fairfield Warde was the most important thing.
The Wreckers survived 25 turnovers and got 10 points, five rebounds and five steals from junior Jackie Katz as Staples beat Warde, 47-38 on Saturday afternoon in Fairfield.
"This is a big win for us," Katz said. "They were a really good team last year, and they're strong this year."
"We'll take a win in this house, with the chaos that was ruling supreme there for a while," Staples coach Ed Huydic said.
Warde committed 50 turnovers in the game, but were led by Alex Aufiero, who scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds in defeat for the Mustangs.
Staples got out to a quick start, leading 12-8 behind six points from Katz. Warde answered with a 7-0 run behind a three-pointer from Carly Mappa, a layup from Aufiero and jumper from Ali Rocchi.
Staples answered, scoring nine of the half's final 12 points and took a 21-18 lead into the locker room.
"We've been working really hard on our defense," Katz said. "That was big in this game."
The Wreckers had a moment of trepidation when senior captain Suvi Puripattarapan (10 points, four rebounds, four steals) was injured with an apparent ankle sprain. The senior captain missed about two minutes of action, but returned to score six of her 10 after being injured.
"It did not look good there," Huydic said. "Suvi is a gamer, there's no two ways about it."
Staples held a one point lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Wreckers outscored the Mustangs 18-10 in the fourth, closing the game with a 9-2 run. Junior Nicole Brill hit a big three-pointer with 5:32 left that put the Wreckers ahead, 34-30 and classmate Julie Strickland hit back-to-back jumpers to put Staples ahead 38-32.
"We finally knocked down a couple of open looks," Huydic said. "Strickland off of the bench gave us a huge lift in that spot."
Rocchi and Brielle Lanese each made layups to cut the Staples lead to 38-36 with 1:08 left in the game, but junior Mary Kate Van Sant (eight points, five rebounds) answered with a layup and sophomore Jess Coelho (five points, five rebounds) made a layup and converted the ensuing foul shot to put the game away.
"Everybody had some big free throws that we made," Katz said.
The win over Warde moved the Wreckers to 3-1. Staples played yesterday against Brien McMahon after press time. Staples will play St. Joseph on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame of Fairfield Holiday tournament.