BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge varsity girls basketball team experienced some growing pains this season, but the campaign was not without its accomplishments, and a strong core of younger players gives the program a bright future.
The Red Devils won four of their last seven games, defeated Roxbury on senior night, rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat J.P. Stevens on the road the next day and then fell in a hard-fought game to second-seeded East Orange on the road in the opening round of the Section 2, Group 4 state tournament.
This was a younger varsity team than Ridge has fielded in many years, with just three seniors: Forward Chrissy Weyrauch, guard Sarah Korn and center Amanda Gerdts.
Weyrauch led the team with 15.4 points and gave the team a versatile dimension with her ability to handle the ball against pressure, pass and shoot from the perimeter while standing at 6-0. Weyrauch, who will play soccer at Holy Cross next year, concluded her career with 956 points.
Korn led Ridge with 35 3-point baskets this season and also paced the Red Devils in assists. Gerdts led the Red Devils with an average of nearly six rebounds a game and also blocked more shots than anyone else on the team.
"The three seniors will be missed next season, because not only were they all very good players, but they all had experience playing three or four years of varsity basketball," Ridge head coach Eric Schroeder said. "They were good leaders on and off the court."
Juniors Abby Ursino and Katie Grierson and sophomores Annabelle Pesarchick, Sammy Weyrauch, Sophia Brognara and Kristin Miscia will comprise an experienced and talented nucleus next season.
"Graduating only three seniors, we did have many underclassman earn valuable playing experience this year which should benefit us in the future," Schroder said. "Next season we will have six girls returning who all played major minutes for us this season."