NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Katie Kinum earned a double-double, scoring 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 steals, in New Providence’s victory against Rahway Tuesday evening. The Pioneers defeated Rahway 57 to 49, stumbling early in the first quarter, but regaining traction in the second, while maintaining control for the rest the of the game.
The first quarter proved to be a plodding offensive effort by the Pioneers, ending with 8 points to Rahway’s 11. Kinum scored 3 points, while Hannah Caminiti and Olivia Faucher, the only other two players to contribute offensively in the first quarter, scored 2 and 3 points, respectively.
Their sluggish offensive start was due to the prodigious amount of turnovers by the Pioneers throughout the first quarter, 18 in total, 9 by Kinum. Being the focal point of Pioneers offensive game plan and of Rahway’s defensive strategy, in addition to playing the entire game, turnovers are expected by the senior superstar.
While the Pioneer’s turnovers obstructed them from getting in an offensive groove, Rahway’s frequent travel violations prevented them from capitalizing on their early lead.
Rahway’s travel violations would prove to be costly, as Kinum had an offensive surge, scoring 12-points in the second quarter. Caminiti contributed offensively as well, scoring 5 and Faucher scored 2. Still, while the score board read 27 to 18, New Providence, coach Cap Pazdera found it disconcerting that the Pioneers only had three players scoring. “We need to start sharing the ball, especially when all the focus is on one player,” said Coach Pazdera.
Kinum often found herself doubled and a few times triple teamed, as Rahway came in with the obvious plan of forcing the ball out of Kinum’s hand and into her teammates to make shots.
In the third quarter, Rahway decelerated the Pioneer’s offense, limiting Kinum to 6 points and allowing an additional 2 points from Sarah Zeto, to bring their total to 8 points. Again, Rahway failed to capitalize on the offensive side, scoring only 14 as the Pioneers defense tightened.
Coming into the fourth quarter, the Pioneers held a slim lead, with the score 35-32. While Rahway made several field goal attempts, the Pioneers had only one from Zeto. To stop the game due to lack of timeouts, Rahway used the intentional foul as their main tactic, sending the Pioneers best shooter, Kinum, to the free throw line to attempt 13 shots. Zeto attempted 6 and Caminiti attempted 3. In total, only two free throw shots were missed, one by Zeto and one by Kinum, which proved to be an error in defensive strategy for Coach Danielle Brown.
Caminiti finished with 10 points, Zeto 9 points, and Faucher with 5 points. The Pioneers face-off at Scotch Plains – Fanwood High School, February 7 at 7 p.m. The Pioneers record improves to 15-3 overall, 7-2 in the conference division.