Sports

Lady Pioneers Playoff Run Comes to an End at the Hands of Rumon-Fair Haven

b2562f8debb7d6f18484_af0bfadb9f7e03fb0260_2133e5e4692e6064fc71_DSCF1593.JPG
Credits: Bobbie Peer
36ac684731d63f638ec2_45edcc66773ec43b2483_1cad260f63621106fc53_DSCF1594.JPG
Credits: Bobbie Peer
b2562f8debb7d6f18484_af0bfadb9f7e03fb0260_2133e5e4692e6064fc71_DSCF1593.JPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence’s hopes of a repeat title came to a screeching halt Saturday afternoon as powerhouse Rumson-Fair Haven, ranked 4th in the state, topped the Lady Pioneers, 71-41, behind a balanced offensive attack.

An early 8-0 burst by Rumson-Fair Haven put the Lady Pioneer faithful on edge, however a strong response to end the quarter saw New Providence only trail by 3.  However, an offensive explosion by the visitors put the game out of reach by halftime, as a 27-5 advantage in the second quarter all but ended the Lady Pioneers season.

“We knew that it would be a matter of everybody doing their job on defense,” head coach Cap Pazdera said.  “It’s tough though when all of their players on the court can score and eventually they were too much for us to handle.”
“I was proud of the way we fought but once they put on their true offensive display in the second quarter and knocked down a lot of threes they proved why they were one of the top teams in the state.”

Sign Up for E-News

Despite the loss, Pazdera couldn’t have been more proud of his team.  Many people doubted the squad after the departure of all time leading scorer Sydney Morang, but this group proved them wrong as they thrived all season, picking up 21 wins in the meantime and clinching the top spot in a stacked section.
“I’m super proud of these girls,” Pazdera said.  “If somebody told me we’d win 21 games and have the top seed heading into the state tournament and make it to the semifinals in both the county and state tournament, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

“I can’t say enough about how hard these girls worked; the effort they put in and how hard they worked all season really says a lot about this team.”

While the loss was certainly not the way New Providence wanted the season to end, next year’s potential is certainly bright as they bring back their entire starting five for the 20-16, 2017 season, with hopes of once again making noise come playoff time.

“At the beginning of the season after losing Syd (Morang), we thought we’d use this year as a stepping stone to next year,” Pazdera said.  “The fact that we accomplished what we did makes me believe we can achieve so much more next year.”

The Lady Pioneers have plenty to be proud of this season, as a 21-7 record, a berth in the county and sectional semifinals, and finishing near the top of a very strong conference prove that next year has great things in store.

Hannah Caminiti led New Providence with 12 points and Katie Kinum chipped in a double double, scoring 11 points and collecting 11 rebounds.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Red Cross Shares 20 Ways to be Safe This Summer

May 24, 2018

Download free Red Cross Apps to have safety information at your fingertips

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is the unofficial start of summer when many people will begin traveling, firing up the grill, and enjoying swimming and other water-related activities. The American Red Cross wants everyone to have fun and offers 20 things people can do to be safe all summer ...

Union County Offers Free Traffic Safety Education Programs throughout the Summer

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites parents and caregivers to attend any of the upcoming Union County Police Department Traffic Safety Education programs to learn about car and bike safety equipment for children.

“As children start to spend more time outside and the summer travel season approaches, now is the time for parents and caregivers to ensure they are wearing ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Coach Bottone Tribute

May 19, 2018

2017 Pioneer football players took on a tall task of filling a lot of open spots with not many returning players. We had 30 kids on our football team who all wanted to be there. With a new head coach who just came on board in late April, we had a lot of things to do without much time. Most people would say being on a 1-9 football team would be no fun and, at times, it wasn’t, but it was the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Fri, May 25, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_7b4ac10bfb421f5091c7_vinyasaclass

Fri, May 25, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Vinayasa Flow

Health & Wellness

Fri, May 25, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Carousel_image_a4801a3d56342db1596a_pilates_reformer

Fri, May 25, 10:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness

Fri, May 25, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA, Madison

Madison Community Blood Drive - $10 off Whole ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Giving Back Other

The Evaluation of the College Search

It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, my seniors have all committed within the past month to a school and have spent the ...