MAPLEWOOD, NJ – With the State Tournament on the horizon, the Bloomfield Girls Varsity Basketball squad dropped a 33-30 decision to division foe Columbia High School on Tuesday night in Maplewood.
This game was originally set to be played last Tuesday, February 12, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
This was the first time Bloomfield took the court in eight days following the Bengals win against Bergenfield 59-24 in a non-conference contest Monday, February 11 at Bloomfield High School.
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Columbia maintained a 19-16 halftime lead in the low-scoring contest and pulled away in the third quarter outscoring the Bengals 9-4 to take a 28-20 lead going into the final frame.
A late rally in the fourth quarter by Bloomfield fell short, even though they outscored Columbia 10-5.
Freshman Lucy Heyman led Bloomfield with 8 points, while junior Samantha Columna scored 6 points, senior Camrynn Referente had 5, senior Sarah Edmond and sophomore Asiyah Edmond had 4 points apiece, and freshman Chiara Hilario contributed 2.
Junior Maia Little lead Columbia Cougars with a game-high 11 points, while junior Gia Gillens scored 6.
With the loss, Bloomfield still holds an impressive 15-7 overall record while dropping to 9-3 in the SEC Liberty Division.
Columbia improves to 9-11 overall and 7-5 in the division.
The Bengals scheduled game on Wednesday evening at Chatham High School was cancelled due to inclement weather and will not be made up.
Bloomfield returns home to entertain Kearny High School in the first-round of the NJSIAA State Tournament on Monday, February 25, 7 pm at Bloomfield High School.
“We’re going to go see them (Kearny) play in the next couple of days to see what they’re about and get an idea of what they do,” said Dearwater. “I feel really good about our team but now I have to see what other people are doing because I’ve been so focused on Essex County, now I’ve got to go over to Bergen County and see what’s going on outside of here.”
Kearny comes into the States holding a 12-12 overall record and are 5-9 in the HCIAL Red Division.
It remains to be seen if playing only one game in two weeks down the stretch will affect Bloomfield as they enter States competition this coming Monday.