SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The New Providence Lady Pioneers picked up their third straight victory Thursday night with a solid all-around performance on both sides of the ball with a 50-27 triumph over Dayton High School in Springfield.
Sydney Morang picked up where she left off in the last game, when she totaled 18 points in a blowout victory over Johnson, with 25 points against Dayton, one off her season high.
“After two rough games for me offensively, I knew that to help my team win and excel I needed to step up as a leader and play hard for them,” said Morang. “Just knowing my role and what I had to do for my team was important.”
Success didn’t come to New Providence early on in the game, only mustering nine points in the opening period. However, strong defensive play limited the Bulldogs to only five in the first frame.
In that first quarter, Morang tallied all nine New Providence points.
“Defensively, we wanted to put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and make sure we didn’t give up any easy shots,” said New Providence coach Cap Pazdera.
“Offensively, we wanted to be patient and not force shots that weren’t good for us.”
The Lady Pioneers were able to extend their four-point advantage to nine by halftime thanks to stifling team defense and Morang’s offensive dominance.
The third quarter was closely contested by both sides, and Dayton was able to keep it within 10 points.
However, things unraveled for the home side as a flagrant foul was assessed to the Bulldogs on a Katie Kinum fastbreak layup where she was pushed from behind.
She knocked down her two free throws and the Lady Pioneers ran away with the game from there on out.
The victory marked the second straight game in which New Providence has scored at least 50 points while giving up fewer than 30.
“The keys in winning today were we played hard as a team and we played our game,” said Morang. “We made sure we had each other’s backs every second of the game.”
The Lady Pioneers hope to keep their momentum going into Super Saturday, where they take on Gov. Livingston at 1:30 p.m.
“We need to continue to play tough defense,” said Pazdera. “We have to be smart on offense and stick together as a team.”