HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It took exactly one and a half quarters, along with the help from foul calls, to expose Hasbrouck Heights girls basketball team Achilles heel, inexperience on Friday evening, as Hasbrouck Heights dropped a 31-28 decision to Becton in the Meadowlands Division season opener for both teams.
Jumping out to a 13-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half, the Lady Aviators, who only have two sophomores with extensive varsity experience coming into the season, looked to be in good shape. But when both were sent to the bench with foul trouble midway through the second quarter, the wheels came off for the Lady Aviators.
Without their two principal scorers and ballhandlers, the Lady Wildcats were able to pressure the Hasbrouck Heights into mistakes, and Becton closed the first half on a 18-0 run to give the Lady Wildcats an 18-13 lead. The Lady Aviators battled back in the second half, but were unable to overcome the lead.
What was particularly frustrating for the team is that both Paige McGuire and Devon Sonzogni were misidentified on foul calls early in the first quarter, which would come back to haunt the Lady Aviators.
McGuire wound up the leading scorer for the Lady Aviators with eight points, while Sonzogni chipped in seven. Gaby Solis added six while freshman Sam Lahullier chipped in four off the bench,
Samirah Reyes led Becton with eight points, while Felicia Carty had seven for the Lady Wildcats.
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