The Staples girls basketball team took control in the second quarter Tuesday in a 60-29 victory at Bridgeport Central.

Staples outscored Central, 23-3, in the second quarter to extend its 13-10 lead after one quarter to a 36-13 halftime advantage. The Lady Wreckers did it with their press, which led to transition baskets, and ultimately, raising its record to 6-3. Central dropped to 1-9.

"It was nice to see an explosive second period, where we played a near-perfect quarter," Staples coach Ed Huydic said.

Senior captain Jessica Coelho (eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one blocked shot) led the Lady Wreckers with 21 points, including 11 in the second quarter.

"I started to be more aggressive and tried new things out," Coelho said.

Junior Erica Stein (12 points, two assists, two steals) drained both of her 3-pointers in the second quarter. Classmate Nikki Bukovsky (nine points, six rebounds, six assists) continues to develop into a third scoring option for Staples in complementing Coelho and Stein.

Senior captain Remy Nolan (four points, three assists, two steals) and classmate Sydney Houseworth (two points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal) contributed mostly on defense through the press.

With the outcome not in doubt, the Lady Wrecker backups got a chance to play. Sophomore Sophie de Bruijn (four points, two rebounds, one assist, one block) was aggressive inside and looked like a player on the rise. Freshman Maggie Fair (two points, four assists, one rebound) was an effective passer and classmate Maddie Schemel (two points, three rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot) was a defensive presence inside.

Senior Lisa Shirafuji (two points, two rebounds, one tieup) and sophomore Dayna Gelman (two points) also contributed.

"We did what we needed to do, which was to go in and play well," Huydic said. "It was an all-around solid game and hopefully, it gives us momentum."

Coelho said, "We played really well and bounced back from the Ludlowe game [a 55-40 loss last Friday]."