JERSEY CITY, NJ - For the second time in as many games for the Lady Pioneers, New Providence was able to dominate their opponent en route to an appearance in the Lady Lions Holiday Tournament championship game.
The wire to wire victory was fueled by the Lady Pioneers’ big scoring trio of Katie Kinum, Sarah Zeto, and Hannah Caminiti, as they all scored in double figures to lead the way over Mater Dei.
Back to back to back triples to open up the game to complement some full court pressure applied by the Lady Pioneers allowed New Providence to burst ahead to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter.
Unlike Tuesday, where the Lady Pioneers struggled to find their groove until midway into the second quarter, they wasted no time on the offensive end as crisp ball movement and good open looks propelled the New Providence offensive attack right from the get-go.
“We talked about getting off to a good start and getting good open looks,” New Providence head coach Cap Pazdera said when talking about what adjustments he wanted his team to make. “When we run our offense well it allows us to get some good shots and fortunately they went in.”
New Providence showed no letting up in the second quarter as Kinum, who scored a game high 25 points, guided the Lady Pioneers offensively, however it was Zeto who’s presence all over the floor allowed New Providence to suffocate Mater Dei on defense and get good open looks on offense.
Aside from Zeto’s 12 points, she was diving for loose balls all over the court, grabbing rebounds over taller defenders, and making steals on their press, and this play summed up how the entire New Providence team played Thursday afternoon.
“She’s a pit bull all over the floor,” Pazdera said. “When she misses a shot she doesn’t put her head down and act upset she goes right in for her own rebound and usually she gets it.”
“It’s easy for me to dive for loose balls and all that when I know the rest of my team will do that too,” said Zeto. “When everyone plays like that we usually do well as a team.”
With a commanding 23 point halftime lead, the entire New Providence bench was able to get in on the action as Iris Kaloshi, Alyssa Nook, and Alexa Boyle contributed on the offensive end in the fourth quarter.
After the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Pioneers picked up their fourth win of the year and advanced to the finals of the tournament where they will take on powerhouse Saddle River Day Friday afternoon at 4:30 at Lincoln High School in Jersey City.