NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the Lady Pioneers basketball team surrendered 22 first quarter points, they came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils 14-8 to come within 8 points at halftime. Westfield out scored New Providence 21-13 in the second half to pull away with a 51-35 victory on Saturday.
With Westfield not missing their shots in the first quarter, New Providence head coach Cap Pazdera said they should have come out of their zone defense a little sooner than they did. However, they took control of the second quarter to claw their way back into the game, getting within seven points. "We did our job in the second quarter to get it back and get it back to a manageable game," said Pazdera. Westfield led 30-22 at halftime.
In the second half, the Pioneers couldn't string together enough shots to narrow Westfield's lead and slowly saw the game get out of reach. Pazdera gives his young players a "ton of credit" for continuing to work hard. A few missed layups and the early deficit were too much to overcome.
Alexa Boyle led the Pioneers with 15 points, Alyssa Nook scored 9 points, Olivia Faucher chipped in with six points, Lindsay Kinum added four, Sadie Miller two, and Kaitlyn Cumiskey scored one point.
Next up, the Pioneers host The Patrick School on Monday, Jan. 29 with a 7 p.m. tip-off.