CLIFTON, NJ--Senior Mia Lopez had a team-high 10 points along with four rebounds and two steals, sophomore Aliyah Sanchez added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists and sophomore Lucy Heyman totaled six points, 10 rebounds and two blocks as the Bloomfield High girls basketball team earned its first victory in 2020 with a 52-28 decision against Clifton on the road on Saturday afternoon.
Bloomfield (2-8) had last won when it defeated People's Prep of Newark, 36-15, in the first round of the Bloomfield Tournament on Dec. 27.
The victory over Clifton snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Lady Bengals.
"We have had a rough couple of weeks here at the beginning of our season so it was nice to get a win," said Bloomfield head coach Zac Dearwater. "It was good to see them have some success with things that we have been working on."
In addition to those mentioned above, the Lady Bengals were also steered against Clifton by seniors Gina Perrotta (seven assists, two rebounds) and Melanie Hidalgo (two points, two rebounds), juniors Christina Vocaturo (five points, three rebounds, three steals), Casey Dolan (four points, five rebounds) and Melina Hidalgo (two points), sophomores Chiara Hilario (three points, two assists) and Lexis Farmer (three points) and freshman Stella Schmidt (seven points, four rebounds, two assists).
Bloomfield raced out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and extended to a 26-17 edge at the half. The Lady Bengals then put the game away with a 17-2 showing in the third period.
Bloomfield will now look to gain its first victory of the season in divisional play when it plays host to Newark Tech (0-8) on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. Bloomfield is 0-5 while Newark Tech is 0-4 in the American Division of the Super Essex Conference.
The SEC American Division is compiled of Bloomfield, Newark Tech, West Orange, Montclair Immaculate, East Orange, Arts and University, which is ranked No. 10 in the state.
In his first year at the helm last season, Dearwater guided the Lady Bengals to a 19-8 record and the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship - the school's first sectional title in 19 years.
"Our girls are working hard and never give up no matter how the game is going," said Dearwater, who is assisted by Nicole Pacicco, Robert Finlay and Eddie Capozzi. "We can hopefully use this positive feeling of a win (against Clifton) to build on and keep moving forward."