CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford girls’ basketball team dropped its season opener to New Providence yesterday 50-40. Coach Jackie Dyer said, “Although we lost, we were very happy with our defense. We saw a few things we need to continue to work on.” Dyer stresses a strong defense, it was evident by the teams’ collective 32 rebounds, five blocks and four steals.
On the offensive side of the ball, junior Lyndsay Pace knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Cranford a 24-22 lead at the half. After being in foul trouble in the first half New Providence came back after the half and went on an 18-3 run, to give the pioneers a 40-27 lead at the end of the third quarter. The cougars scored 13 point in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Junior Cerys MacLelland scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds, fellow junior Isabella Speer netted five points and had 13 rebounds and senior Erin Meixner contributed seven points and six rebounds.
Given the team’s experienced line-up, Coach Dyer said, “We are excited to play again on Monday, the team all agrees this is going to be a great season for us.”
The cougars are in action on Monday Dec. 22 at home when they face Watchung Hills High-School at 5:30 p.m..