Girls Basketball: New Providence Beats Johnson in Final Tuneup before County Semi

New Providence seniors Kate Kohut, Kelly Jonovich, Megan Mahlstadt and Maggie Roughley were celebrated Tuesday night prior to the ALJ game.  Credits: Bobbie Peer
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Lady Pioneers girls’ basketball squad used Tuesday’s victory over Arthur L. Johnson as a final tune-up for their third straight Union County Tournament semifinal appearance later in the week.

If Tuesday’s showing was any indication as to what New Providence fans will see come Thursday’s semifinal against Cranford, they will be in for quite a treat.

Juniors Katie Kinum and Sarah Zeto combined to scored 42 points as the Lady Pioneers slammed the Crusaders, 59-43.

Sign Up for E-News

“Any time we’re on the court we’re looking to prepare for whatever our next step is,” New Providence head coach Cap Pazdera said. “In this case, it was the county semifinals against Cranford. We talk about it every day, about everybody’s role, including the seniors. Some of the girls aren’t getting a lot of time, but are making us better in practice and pushing us. Everyday we’re really working towards that goal.”

With New Providence celebrating their four seniors – Kate Kohut, Kelly Jonovich, Megan Mahlstadt and Maggie Roughley - in their last home game of the regular season, the team’s regular starters didn’t see the floor until the second quarter.

Once they did enter the game, it didn’t take long for their presence to be felt.

Kinum immediately reacquainted herself with her ALJ counterparts, scoring 16 first half points on her way to a 29-point, game-high performance. Zeto added 13, including 11 in the second half.

Despite the strong offensive performance, Kinum said there was still work to be done leading up to their game with Cranford, specifically bringing high energy to the first half of games.

“I think it's a lot of us just getting ready to play right away and knowing what we’re going to do,” Kinum said. “I think we’ve been doing a good job but we need to make it to the next step where we step up and everything is all finished, just playing this game.”

The Pioneers will have their hands full on Thursday when they face Cranford for the third time this year.  Offensively, the Cougars bring a pair of sharpshooters to the floor in Cerys MacLelland and Lyndsay Pace. The duo has combined to score 60 points in the teams’ two previous games.

Pazdera said the only benefit to playing a team three times is you “pretty much know what to expect offensively from your opponent.”

“[Playing a team three times] certainly helps from a defensive perspective, kind of thinking what things we need to do to win defensively and how they may matchup with us,” he said. “It's the county semifinals, the gloves are off and its ‘do what you need to do’ to win the game and get to the next round.”

New Providence has appeared in the last two semifinal rounds of the Union County Tournament, losing to The Patrick School last year and Roselle Catholic in 2014.

Pazdera hopes this year is different, with a more experienced team ready to take the floor.

“I hope we’re ready to go,” Pazdera said. “We talk about it. We’re mentally preparing. We’re physically preparing. We know Cranford is going to come out ready to fight and play well. We both want the same thing. I just hope we want it a little bit more.”

Tip-off for Thursday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Rahway High School.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Festival Continues July 18 at Echo Lake Park Featuring 5 Against 1

July 15, 2018

The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday July 18, with the band 5 Against 1, a Pearl Jam  tribute band, taking the stage at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The free series, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders,is held at Echo Lake Park during July and moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during August.

5 Against 1, which ...

Award-Winning Senior Art Exhibited at Freeholders Gallery

A new exhibit of award winning artworks by local artists age 60 and up is now on display at the Freeholders Gallery through August 29. Each of the 13 works received first place honors in the countywide Senior Art Exhibit held earlier this summer in the Atrium at Liberty Hall in Union Township.

“Each in their own unique way, these artists have contributed to an enriching, creative ...

Jersey Central Power & Light Program Will Enhance Reliability for Electric Customers

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) filed a four-year infrastructure plan today with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) aimed at enhancing the reliability and resiliency of its distribution system against severe weather and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.

JCP&L Reliability Plus includes about $400 million in targeted investments ...

Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Warnings in Effect for New Providence Tuesday Afternoon

July 3, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Union County until 2:30 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 5 p.m.

“Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding,” the service warned. “Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.”

Sign up for our free enews and get ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Before & After: The Contrasting Color Kitchen Remodel

July 5, 2018

Before and After

Over the years we have designed and remodeled hundreds (if not, thousands) of kitchens.  Every client and kitchen are different, which makes for a very interesting job working as a kitchen designer! But every once in a while, a kitchen comes along that really makes you stop, think, and appreciate the beauty of transformation.  One of the most rewarding experiences is ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, July 16, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness


Mon, July 16, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Aroma Flow Vinyasa

Health & Wellness


Mon, July 16, 10:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness


Mon, July 16, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Hath Yoga Flow

Health & Wellness


Mon, July 16, 11:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Hatha Flow Yoga

Health & Wellness


Mon, July 16, 6:30 PM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Beneficiary Forms - As Important as Your Will

As you plan for the future, don’t leave out one of the most overlooked must-do’s: naming the beneficiaries of your retirement assets. Updating your beneficiary forms ensures that the legacy you worked so hard to build will be distributed correctly. Don’t delay -- the designations on your beneficiary forms supersede those stated in your Will. 

Try answering the ...