NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence varsity girls basketball team beat rival Oak Knoll, 51-38, on Thursday at New Providence High School.

With the win, the Pioneers improve to 3-0 on the season.

The game was equally matched in skill and effort as both teams fought for the win. By the fourth quarter, with the score close at  37-30 New Providence and less than six minutes left in the game, the Pioneers pulled through, playing a strong defense and protecting their basket.

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Both teams played aggressively with desperation to succeed.

“I think my team when we were feeling a little pressured we came back and composed ourselves, and we played phenomenal as a team," Senior Pioneer center/forward Kaycee de Voogd said. "I am so proud of these girls. We really worked together, and we came out and pulled a win, knowing that it was kind of sitting in the back of our heads that the last three years we lost at home so we really wanted to get a win today.”

This was the first home win over Oak Knoll for the Pioneers in the last four years.

New Providence's victory showed through the strong response by each team player. Their victory was not without some strategy by their coach.

Pioneer head coach Cap Pazdera responded to Oak Knoll's plays, recognizing the opportunities each player was willing to work for. They played a strong defense, and carried the ball over to scoring with their aggressive offense.

"We played well once we figured out what they were trying to do defensively," Pazdera said. "We worked the ball around and found the girls that needed to score and could score and they did. They did what they needed to do.”

New Providence returns to the floor on Wednesday to face either Summit or Livingston.