After last season's memorable run that included an undefeated regular season and a trip to the Central Mass. Division 1 championship game, the Holy Name High girls' basketball team figured to spend the beginning of this year trying to find an identity. Turns out, the Naps aren't much different than they were a year ago. Relying on pressure defense, a strong inside presence and solid guard play, visiting Holy Name broke open a close game with a second-half run to top Shrewsbury High, 51-37 Monday night. Holy Name, ranked second in the Hometeam media poll, improved to 2-0, while the No. 3 Colonials dropped to 2-1. With the score tied, 12-12, in the opening moments of the second quarter, the Naps went on a 9-0 run, thanks to guard Gigi Guenther who had seven of her 14 points in the spurt. Guenther knocked down a pair of jumpers and converted on three free-throws, two of which came after the Holy Name defense forced a turnover and set off on the fast-break. ‘‘We have a solid group of guards who can all shoot, and love to play defense,'' Holy Name coach Barry Finneron said. ‘‘We lost our heads there a little bit at the end of the game, but aside from that stretch, we played very well.''
Holy Name 51, Shrewsbury 37
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Shrewsbury
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:11 a.m.