NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – It was a brutal and intense playoff atmosphere at New Providence High School on Thursday evening where the New Providence Lady Pioneers defeated the Belvedere Seaters in a blowout, 74-53.

At the beginning of the 1st quarter both teams started off strong. For New Providence, Cassi Squeri, Sydney Morang, and Kaycee de Voogd had outstanding performances.

Defensively, New Providence and Belvedere were solid. Scoring in the 1st period occurred thanks to players such as Casey Trezza and Sydney Morang. Belvedere began to score a few points in the end of the first giving them a 20-15 lead over New Providence.

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The second quarter began with a foul shot by Sydney Morang, which gave her team a trailing score of 20-17. Belvedere and New Providence were both physical in the second, with a few hits as well as an injury to one of Belvedere’s players.

After all of the physicality passed by, the game had a true playoff taste to it with scoring by both teams, before the Lady Pioneers took a 24-23 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the half.

Morang finished off the period by scoring a few points, as well as a buzzer-beater, to increase the score 34-24 Belvedere at the half.

The 3rd quarter begun with a foul shot for Belvedere, after scoring two points, Belvedere led with a score of 34-26. The Lady Pioneers eventually had a comeback 5 minutes before the end of the 3rd.  Sydney Morang scored and shortly after came the Team Captain of the Lady Pioneers, Cassi Squeri with two points.

The 4th quarter began with constant scoring by players for the Lady Pioneers such as Kaycee De Voogd, Sydney Morang and Cassi Squeri. After the Lady Pioneers obtained their final score of 74-53 at the near end of the 4th, both teams began to simmer down their intense playing style.

After the game, New Providence Head Coach Cap Pazdera said he’s taking it one day at a time.

“The team is playing well so far, but our team’s main objective is beating Bloomfield Tech on Saturday in the semifinal.”

Belvedere Head Coach, Amy Krushinski said her team needs to improve on for the upcoming season:

“At this point right now, we have a lot to work on,” Krushinski said.  “We had a game changer with an injury, and due to it, we lost our flow of the game.”

New Providence will host Essex County Vocational on Saturday at 1 p.m.