BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The trio of Lillian Scott, Jaquelline Knapp and Olivia Luzzi combined for 51 of Westfield’s 57 points as the Blue Devils outlasted New Providence, 57-48, Monday night at Ridge High School.
Westfield wasted no time getting off to a hot start, starting the game on a 12-0 run, thanks to stout defense and an effective motion offense.
“We knew we had to go in and execute,” said Westfield head coach Joe Marino. “That was our goal as well as playing great defense and being quick.”
After the first quarter, Westfield had a commanding 15-6 lead, which it would not relinquish.
The Blue Devils extended their lead to as much as 15 points in the second quarter, but buckets Sydney Morang and Sarah Zeto cut the lead to 31-18 at the half.
However, New Providence was never able to threaten the double-digit lead held by Westfield for most of the game, thanks in part of the lockdown defense on dynamic scorer Sydney Morang.
“We knew we had to know where she was on the floor at all times,” said Marino. “We are fast enough to defend so that’s why we were successful.”
Morang was held to a season-low 14 points on the game, and even more impressive for the Westfield defense was that she only converted on three field goals.
After three quarters, the undefeated Blue Devils held a 15-point advantage over the Lady Pioneers.
In the final quarter, New Providence began to stage a comeback, coming within single digits for the first time since early on in the contest.
Three point baskets by Katie Kinum, who scored a team and season high 17 points, and Hannah Caminiti got New Providence within six, but the comeback was thwarted by Westfield’s ability to convert free throws at the end of the game.
The loss dropped the Lady Pioneers to 2-2 on the season, while Westfield improves to 5-0.
New Providence travels to Oak Knoll on Friday, and then the Pioneers get to play their first game in front of their home crowd the next day when they take on Union Catholic.