MONTVILLE, NJ - On Wednesday, it seemed that everything was going in the basket in the Lady Mustangs' win over Mahwah. Unfortunately, on Friday night, March 6, it was a much different story for Montville as a 56-42 loss knocks them out of the state playoffs.
From the opening tip, Montville was never able to gain any control of the game. Old Tappan had looked like a much faster, stronger team that put a lot of pressure on Montville’s defense. Early on, Montville was able to keep the game relatively close but by halftime the deficit was 12. Kelly O’Reilly managed to score 12 of the 20 Montville points in the first half.
The second half was much of the same as Old Tappan was able to maintain a double digit lead for most of the time. Montville did cut it to 9 at the end of the 3rd and O’Reilly hit a 3 point shot to start the fourth to cut the deficit to 6. That was as close as the Lady Mustangs were able to make it as Old Tappan opened the lead back up in the fourth quarter.
Old Tappan got strong efforts from Ariana Chipolone who scored 20 points and Emily Crevani who chipped in with 17 points. It was a strong two player attack for the Lady Golden Knights. For Montville, Kelly O’Reilly finished with 20 points on the night, while Lauren Minardi, Jane Beirmeister and Jennie Lake each scored 6 points apiece.
Coach Derek Lynn knew what his girls were in for and it was a tough day for them. He knew how physical and athletic of a team they were and he felt the true downfall was poor shooting. “The shots that fell against Mahwah, didn’t tonight,” Lynn said. He also said he told his team to keep their head up because most teams end their season with a loss, “it sucks but it happens.” He said this is the kind of competition you get come tournament time.
For the Montville Lady Mustangs the season comes to a close with a 13-13 record, a young team that is sure to be on the rise next season.