Daniel Hand (Madison) used a 10-0 second half run to win its first CIAC Girls Basketball championship since 1999, defeating Holy Cross-Waterbury 50-45 Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

The Tigers (22-3) trailed for over 20 minutes in the ballgame, but did not allow Holy Cross (23-2) to score for a stretch of about eight minutes of game time during the run. Emma Sullivan and Gabby Egidio led all scorers in the game with 12 points.

“We never got rattled at the end,” Sullivan said. “We stayed composed and we had all of the confidence in the world in ourselves. We were down in the first half and I thought that we were so motivated to win because we love each other so much.”

Idalis Miranda was three-for-five from three and led the Crusaders with nine points in the loss. Century McCartney collected five points and 12 rebounds after recently coming back from a torn ACL and a torn meniscus.

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