FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ -- Two nights after winning a sectional championship in its jam-packed, euphoric home gym, the New Providence girls basketball team lost to Cresskill, 38-30, in the NJSIAA Group 1 semifinal in an empty gym at Ramapo High School on Thursday.
The game went on as scheduled, but without fans from either school allowed to enter the gym. Only essential personnel was permitted to attend the game because of the threat of the CORVID-19 coronavirus.
Cresskill (23-6) scored the last 13 points of the game to come back from a five-point deficit. Colleen McQuillen of Cresskill led all scorers with 28 points.
The teams were tied, 25-25, after three quarters, and the Lady Pioneers (27-4) scored the first five points of the fourth quarter--which began with a four-minute drought by both squads before New Providence broke the tie and went on a 5-0 mini-run.
Cresskill came back to tie the game, 30-30, and then went ahead, 32-30, on McQuillen's steal and layup with 1:21 left.
Amy Maurer scored 12 points for New Providence. Kaitlyn Cumiskey finished with nine points and three assists, and Lindsay Kinum contributed eight rebounds and four assists--both team highs--to go with six points.