DENVILLE, NJ – Morris Knolls girls basketball defeated South Brunswick 51-29 at home on Friday, Jan. 11. A total team effort attributed to the 22-point advantage whereby 10 Knolls players netted two or more points, eight seized rebounds and eight forced turnovers.
Recovering from a total shutout offensively and defensively by Chatham on Jan. 9, Emily Mitarotonda was the game’s highest scorer against South Brunswick with 14 points. A solid performance all-around, Mitarotonda grabbed three rebounds, made two assists and snatched four steals.
Always bringing her A-game, Morris Knolls Team Captain Maddison Perna scored eight points and had four rebounds, one assist and three steals. Also putting points on the board for the Golden Eagles were Annie Nolan and Kate Walsh with six each; Brielle Gavito and Gabby Perna with four each; Cayla Jones with three; and Summer Shivas, Bri Menella and Maddie Knaack with two each.
Morris Knolls did most of its damage during the second half of the game. With a burst of newfound energy and tenacity, the girls scored 17 points in both the third and fourth quarters. Whereas, during the first half of the game, it took the first and second quarters combined for them to accumulate 17 points.
While the Golden Eagles were anticipating a more competitive encounter with South Brunswick, the game taught them a few important lessons. “We need to play harder and compete more,” shared Head Coach Rob Moore. “Moreover, we’re not a jump-shooting team. So, we also need to drive to the rim a lot more,” he added.
The 4-6 Golden Eagles will host West Morris on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.
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