NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - The Lady Pioneers of New Providence bounced back from a loss a week ago to Westfield by topping Union Catholic, 35-30, in a Saturday afternoon matinee at New Providence High School.
Leading scorers Sydney Morang and Katie Kinum were held in check for the most part of the game, although they each scored a game-high 11 points.
“We were able to overcome the lack of scoring from our primary scorers by creating offense from defense,” said New Providence head coach Cap Pazdera. “We also trapped on defense to create some easy turnovers and layups.”
That defense Pazdera was referring to wasn’t put into effect until the second quarter, because stingy defense and a patient Union Catholic offense gave the Vikings an 8-4 lead after one quarter.
However, the Pioneers picked up the offense intensity in the next 8 minutes of play. Hannah Caminiti, Casey Trezza, Kinum, and Morang all scored in the period, but they still trailed by a point at halftime.
The home team carried their momentum into the third quarter, creating havoc with their defensive pressure and staying effective on offense.
After three frames, New Providence led 25-21, thanks in part to shutting down second leading scorer Donnae Days, who held a major size advantage on a particularly small Lady Pioneers squad.
“We were able to double team their guards which made it really hard to pass it into the post,” said Pazdera. “We tried to have two people on her, one in front and one behind to at least challenge her.”
The fourth quarter was played in a half-court pace by both teams, keeping the scoring to a minimum.
The Lady Pioneers held a slim 30-28 advantage with 2 minutes left, but clutch free throws by Casey Trezza and Hannah Caminiti iced the game for New Providence, giving them their third win of the season.
The Lady Pioneers look to start a winning streak when they travel to Clark to take on Arthur L. Johnson High School Tuesday night.