HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - After jumping out to a 20-3, lead, it looked like the Hasbrouck Heights girls basketball team was going to have an easy night against North Arlington. Tuesday night’s 64-48 Heights victory proves looks can be deceiving.
Heights led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter, behind nine points from Kimmy Halpin and five from Kassie Ketcho. Considering that all of North Arlington’s scoring came from one player, Jennifer Garcia, on a pair of three-pointers and a field goal, the game looked under control.
But North Arlington bounced back, outscoring Heights 19-14 in the second quarter, cutting the lead to a manageable 35-27 deficit. The Vikings also balanced out their scoring, with Sam DiPopolo scoring seven points, Alex Gomes scoring six points. Halpin added five more for the Aviators, and Ketcho chipped in four, but the Aviators blew a chance to score more, as they went 1-6 for in the second from the free throw line.
A five-point Viking spurt at the end of the third quarter cut the lead to seven, and following a three pointer by Garcia, North Arlington trailed by five, 50-45, with 6:20 remaining in the game.
But Hasbrouck Heights answered the challenge, outscoring the Vikings 14-5 over the final six minutes, for a 64-49 victory. The margin should have been larger, as the Aviators woes from the foul line continued in the fourth quarter, going five of 12 from the free throw line. Overall the Aviators made 12 of 28 from the foul line.
Halpin finished with 24 points, while Ketcho had 19 for the Aviators. Catherine Castellanos chipped in 12. Garcia finished with 19 for North Arlington, while DiPopolo had 11.
The Aviators improved to 5-2 overall, and remained unbeaten in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands Division at 4-0. North Arlington fell back to 3-3 overall, 2-2 in the NJIC Meadowlands.
North Arlington (3-3, 2-2) 8 19 15 6 49
Hasbrouck Heights (5-2, 4-0) 21 14 14 15 64
DiPopulo 4-0-3-11, Garcia 4-2-5-19, Cordova 3-0-0-6, Gomes 4-0-0-8, Miller 1-0-2-4, Taormina 0-0-0-0, Margues 0-0-0-0. Totals - 16-2-10-48
Ketcho 6-1-4-19, Castellanos 5-0-2-12, Halpin 5-3-5-24, Koukoutsis 1-0-1-3, Thorpe 3-0-0-6, Volpe 0-0-0-0, Lorhink 0-0-0-0. Totals 20-12-12-64.