MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Lady Mustangs were a very young basketball team in the 2014 - 2015 season; Jennie Lake was the team’s only senior. Junior guard Kelly O’Reilly emerged as a true leader of the team, and it was a season for her to remember.
The season got off to a rocky start showing how young the team was; they started 2-7 in their first 9 games. Then the team chemistry started to come together and they rolled off 6 straight wins. During the season, Coach Derek Lynn stressed how he liked that the team stuck together after losing some close games early and now the chemistry meshed. After an up and down stretch the Lady Mustangs found themselves at 12-12 at the end of the regular season.
On February 3, Junior guard Kelly O’Reilly became the female basketball player to reach the 1,000 point plateau, and was chasing her sister Katie for the school record. Three weeks later, on Montville’s Senior night she broke the school record of 1,196 points, and she still has a full season left next year. They won that night to finish the regular season earning them a 10 seed in the Group 3 playoff.
In the first round of the state tournament, they faced Mahwah and Coach Lynn felt it was the best game he’s ever coached in terms of team execution. They rolled on their way to a 75-53 win, but the enjoyment was short lived as they were defeated by Old Tappan 56-42 in the next round. The shooting touch they had against Mahwah was non-existent vs Old Tappan.
Coach Lynn feels that gelling as a team is the most important factor when looking at next season. This was a young team that is only graduating one senior and so based on off-season work to improve individual skills it can set up for a successful season next year. He’s getting back his key component in Kelly O’Reilly who will be a senior next season. Lynn feels that there will be a lot of competition next season for varsity roster spots and could be used as a motivation factor for them.