February 26, 2014 at 8:42 AM
RANDOLPH, NJ- Senior Aliyah Huland El carried Randolph on her back as they beat their neighbor Roxbury, in a 64-15 landslide victory.
The Rams defeated their chief rivals, the Roxbury Gaels, in a blowout victory that raised their season record to 17-8. They hope to keep their postseason hopes alive as the regular season ends this week. Huland el had an outstanding game with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Randolph dominated the game from start to finish, and played well for the home crowd. Aliyah; the team’s gem displayed her well known reputation and led the team to a win. She knocked down two 3 pointers to help her team along the way.
When asked on how she prepared mentally before the game, she stated “I listened to music and drank Gatorade. You know, treated it like any other game.”
She wasn’t the only one who played at an efficient level. Junior Cynthia Merringer, gave it her “A” game and came out with four steals and 9 points. She also added a few rebounds to get the Rams the ball. Kiera Cesareo also contributed 10 points for the Rams
By halftime, it was clear Randolph was in full control as they were up by a score of 31-10. They came ready to win, in contrast, it seemed as if Roxbury was asleep most of the game. They had more than a dozen turnovers as Randolph stole the ball almost at will.
It seemed that rebounds and steals decided the game as Randolph had nearly a dozen steals and over 17 rebounds. Roxbury clearly struggled on offense, and their defense was was no better as it was shredded by the high octane offense of the Rams.
When substitutes came in the fourth quarter, the team still displayed their shut down defense, with Sophomore Rachel Kral and Freshman Alana Miniovich each picking up steals.
Freshman Courtney Whitening became the leader for the substitutes as she hit a jump shot and grabbed a rebound, while also playing aggressively on defense.
Rams Head Coach Kristin Torres said, “Basically we’ve worked hard at practice every day. It was hard coming off the loss at Fairly Dickenson last Friday and we needed to shift gears and get ready for states.”
The team looks better than ever after this dominating win to prove they’re the real deal. Team leaders Huland El, Viscomi, and Merringer all provided leadership and hard work to get the team on the right track and put up a “W”.
Hard work and practice got these girls to were they are at. They have shown lots of talent, skills and the right mindset to make a run at another championship for Randolph High School.
Rachel Kral explained, “A lot of practice. We always go over the opponents plays and make sure we have a game plan. You never know what a game can be like, but we can prepare our best for anything.”
The Rams take to the court again Wed. Feb. 26, 7 PM at home against a tough Newark Academy team.