NEWTON, NJ—The first week of the new year was a busy one for the Newton High School girls basketball team,playing three tough games and coming out on top of each one.
On January 2, the girls played home against Hopatcong and demolished them 59-9. In this game, Maddie Gore led the Braves to victory with 13 points scored. She was followed by Madison Leonardo and Kaitlyn Lynch with 11 points each.
Offensively, the Braves made 18 2-pointers, four 3-pointers, and 11 foul shots, while defensively, they were able to come out of the game with four blocks, 10 steals and 34 rebounds.
“The focus was defense and getting everyone involved,” head coach Whitney Dugan said. “There’s going to be nights we can’t score at will so our focus has to be defense.”
Next up for the Braves was hosting Hackettstown on January 3.Newton won 52-23 over Hackettstown.
Leading the Braves in this victory was Leonardo with 15 points contributed, followed by Emily Pappas with 10 and Gore with nine.
Newton was able to make 15 2-pointers, five 3-pointers and seven foul shots, along with having four blocks, 15 steals, and 31 steals on defense.
The last game of the week was played away against Wallkill Valley on January 5, in which case Newton once again took home the win with an ending score of 62-22.
Leonardo once again led the Braves into victory, contributing 19 point to the score board, following in the distance was Gore with nine, Pappas with eight, Lynch and Olivia O’Brein with six apiece, and Jade Luciani and Olivia Buckley with five apiece.
This game, the Braves were able to make 13 2-pointers, eight 3 pointers, and 12 foul shots, while maintaining a strong defense that included two blocks, 11 steals and 42 rebounds.
The Newton High School girls basketball team is now 7-2 overall so far this season and 3-0 in their conference-division record.