NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Thursday night, the New Providence girl’s basketball team defeated Dayton, 59-44.

New Providence started out well. Laura Gregory stole the ball, drove hard toward the basket, and scored a nice two pointer early in the first quarter. Michelle Crescencia stole the ball from Dayton, and passed to Emma Culleton, who passed to Cassandra Squeri. Squeri was able to score a clean three point shot from the side of the court. By the end of the first quarter, New Providence was leading Dayton 15-5.

During the second quarter, Crescencia stole the show when she scored for New Providence one second before the buzzer. New Providence was able to hold their firm lead throughout the second quarter and led 34-19 at intermission.

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Freshman Jillian Balog played for part of the second quarter, and for most of the third quarter. “She played great defense,” said New Providence’s coach. Balog was also able to score a three pointer late in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, Crescencia again scored right at the buzzer. New Providence was ahead of Dayton in the third quarter 43-28.

Dayton’s offense played extremely aggressively in the fourth quarter, racking up another sixteen points, but it was too little, too late. Emily MacDonnell led Dayton with fifteen points.

Freshman Maxine Ibrahim scored the last basket of the game for New Providence, making the final score 59-44.

New Providence’s season record improved to 15-3, and will next face Roselle Catholic, who are 18–1 on the season.