CRANFORD - Amanda Vath scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Cranford to a 53-38 Senior Night victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday.
The Cougars' six seniors - Kirsten Williams, Elizabeth McCaffery, Caroline Bush, Amanda Vath, Natalia Kruk, and Olivia Merriman - were honored during the pregame for their contributions to the program over the past four years.
Along with Senior Night, the matchup featured the second meeting between Cranford's head coach Allison Skrec against her father, Joe Skrec, head coach of Roselle Catholic. The two programs had just battled it out three days prior in which the RC Lions handed the Cougars a 47-40 defeat.
"We focused more today on longer close-outs, specifically on Amaris Jenkins (who scored 26 points on Friday)," said Allison Skrec. "She hit six three-pointers (on Friday), so we knew we had to adjust in our zone and even in our man. We knew that our close-outs had to be longer. Being a few inches away from her wasn't enough. We had to be right up in her space and make her uncomfortable."
The Cougars defense limited Jenkins to 14 points on Monday.
Along with Vath's 15 points and seven boards, Merriman added 14 points and four rebounds, including six points in the final quarter to hold off the Lions comeback attempt. Sarah O'Donnell finished with 11 points, six of which came via free throw. In total, Cranford shot 13-of-14 from the line.
"I'm very pleased with how we shot from the line," added Skrec. "Our first game, I believe we were 4-for-10 from the line, so it's definitely something we've talked about, and we've done a better job moving forward. In late game situations like today, you need to make foul shots."
With no Union County Tournament slated for this season, Monday was likely the last meeting between Cranford and Roselle Catholic this year, and game three between the Skrecs will likely have to wait until next year.