NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 Tournament, third-seeded New Providence defeated 14th-seeded Bordentown, 70-39.
With the win, the Pioneers advanced to the quarterfinal round where they will host 11th-seeded Holmdel on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
New Providence’s Katie Kinum led all scorers with 21 points while Sarah Zeto and Hannah Caminiti chipped in with 14 and seven points, respectively.
Senior Morgan Papp’s 17 points paced the Scotties marking her 1,100 career point.
Kinum picked up right where she left off on Saturday against Hudson Catholic when she scored 27 points and in the process became New Providence’s all-time leading scorer. Kinum broke the record of 1,777 points that was previously held by her cousin, Sydney Morang, who currently plays basketball at Florida.
Monday’s game was dominated from tip-off by New Providence. After the Scotties took a 2-0 lead, Kinum responded with a three-pointer that was quickly followed by a Zeto steal and jump shot for a 5-2 New Providence lead.
On their very next possession, Zeto assisted on another basket by Kinum to extend the lead and pave the way for a 20 point first quarter by the Pioneers.
What should not be understated is the fact that the Pioneers held the Scotties to just four first quarter points. From the jump, The Pioneers implemented a full court press that took the Scotties completely out-of-sync offensively.
New Providence head coach Cap Pazdera was more than pleased with his team’s dominance on both ends of the floor not only in the first quarter but throughout the entire game.
“Everybody executed well by doing everything we needed to do,” Pazdera said. “Our fastbreak went well and defensively, we forced several turnovers with our press.”
The second quarter was much of the same for New Providence except this time, Kinum and Zeto played a role in nearly every basket. If the two weren’t scoring, they were assisting and like they’ve done much of the season, they fed off each other.
By the time the first half ended, the New Providence lead had ballooned to 29 points with the Pioneers showing zero signs of slowing down.
And slow-down is what they didn’t do in the second half. After a Bordentown three-pointer to open the half, Kinum promptly answered with a three-pointer of her own. Those two baskets sparked a little back-and-forth between the two squads.
But the Pioneers never let the Scotties completely back into the game as their lead was 54-22 at the end of the third quarter.
The huge lead allowed Pazdera to play his entire bench in the fourth quarter which made starters like Caminiti happy.
“It was nice to see everyone get into the game,” Caminiti said. “The past couple of games, everyone didn’t have the opportunity to play so it was nice to have everyone score.”