NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Pioneers steamrolled past the Scotch Plains–Fanwood Raiders on Tuesday, 54-31, on a night to celebrate their seniors. From the beginning, the Raiders had no chance against the dominant Pioneers, who are now in playoff mode.
Before the match, for Senior Night, all five-outgoing seniors were formally recognized, for their years of dedication to the Pioneers Girls Basketball team, which included a State Championship in the 2014-2015 season. Coach Cap Pazdera introduced each senior; Katie Kinum, Sarah Zeto, Hannah Caminiti, Brielle Carleen, and Samantha Scott, all of which were in the starting lineup and put points on the board.
Kinum led the way with 22 point; followed by Zeto with 10 points; Caminiti 5 points; Scott 3 points; Carleen 2 points.
Seniors received flowers and a roaring applause from the audience as their names were called out and they walked out to middle of the court to greet their parents.
Coach Pazdera expressed his gratitude for his seniors in front of students, family and friends in attendance. On an emotional night, Pazdera paused to regain composure and expressed how proud he was. After the game, Coach Pazedera said that these “are a fantastic group of young ladies, and it’s like losing family,” and added, “I appreciate everything they’ve done for this team.”
While the moment was bittersweet, the season isn’t over as the 17-3 Lady Pioneers have two games remaining in regular season play and go into the County Tournament next week as the number 2 seed. The seniors also have a shot to regain a NJSIAA Group title one last time before exiting, leaving a lasting legacy.
“We have to turn it up in practice the last couple of weeks,” said Coach Pazdera, in preparation of the Union County tournament, which New Providence is slated to face off against the winner of this Saturday’s 18 seed Plainfield versus 15 seed Linden matchup on Tuesday, February 14.
After the game, Kinum had this to say about her time as a Lady Pioneer “It was a fun ride and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else,” said Kinum. “It is not over and we have a bunch of games left to play.”