In a season of schedule changes and uncertainty, the varsity girls basketball teams at Bloomfield and Glen Ridge High Schools have been playing regularly this winter.
The Glen Ridge girls improved to 4-4 with a 44-28 victory over Bloomfield, on Feb. 25, Glen Ridge will have a busy slate next week, as the season winds down.
The Ridgers finish the season with a game at Newark Central, on Feb. 27, at 1 p.m., followed by home games against Livingston and Cedar Grove on March 1 and 2, respectively, and the season finale, vs. Montclair Kimberley, on March 5. The team is also hopeful of getting one more game in, as well.
Ridgers coach Mike DelloRusso noted his team had won three of its last four games, after the win over Bloomfield.
“We're coming around," said DelloRusso, in his first year as head coach. “The kids work hard, they get along well, and it's nice to see them getting better with each game. Most importantly, we're playing, and nothing is better than that. The Bloomfield coach felt the same way. His team has been able to get their games in, too."
Versus Bloomfield, the Ridgers pulled away late in the third quater on a pair of 3-point baskets by Elettra Giantomenico and Olivia Carbonell which gave the team a 36-20 lead after three. Bloomfield had actually pulled to within 10 points, 30-20, before those key Glen Ridge baskets.
“No doubt, that turned it around," said DelloRusso.
Glen Ridge ran off eight more points to start the fourth quarter, to seal the win. Jillian Goffe and Giantomenico had 12 points each to lead the way while Carbonell finished with eight.
The Ridgers also defeated Montclair Kimberley, 46-36, as Giantomenico scored 18 and Amayah Melbourne had 10 points. In a loss to Millburn, Melbourne led Glen Ridge with nine points and Carbonell scored eight.
The Bloomfield girls' basketball team had already played 13 of a possible 15 games, heading into a Feb. 27 contest, at Caldwell High, starting at 1 p.m. The team's season concludes on March 2, when Columbia visits, at 5:30 p.m.
Bloomfield head coach Zac Dearwater has been pleased with his team's effort and enthusiasm. In a game against Lyndhurst, Stella Schmidt led the Bengals with seven points, Casey Dolan had six, Alaina Edmond and Aliyah Sanchez scored four points each and Nyra Brown and Christina Vocaturo scored two each.
Dolan had seven points in a game against Newark Tech and Sanchez scored 16 points vs. Arts while Schmidt had seven.