NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School girls basketball team won 46-31 over High Point in the 10th annual Pretty in pink classic game that was held at High Point Regional School on Sunday night.

The game was pushed back a night due to the weather, but pink and white could be seen all over the gym, including the uniforms both the of teams wore. Whitney Dugan was in attendance this year, once again as Newton’s head coach. She was out last season as she overcame leukemia and was recognized during the Pretty in Pink game last year.

The pretty in pink classic began 10 years ago, when former High Point player Taylor Smith wanted to raise money for cancer research and awareness. The game features multiple breaks to recognize the efforts being taken to help those who are being affected by the disease.

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According to High Point’s head coach Brad Dragone, the estimate of money raised this year is at about $30,000. This event is still primarily run by former High Point head coach Chris Dexter and Tom Smith.

About halfway through the second quarter of the game, Gore stepped up to the microphone to recognize classmate Jarod DeMauro, a junior who is battling thyroid cancer, but she was so overwhelmed with emotion, that she was unable to finish her speech.  

The Braves put up 26 points in the first half to take the lead going into halftime by eight points. They kept that lead and added another 20 points in the second half to take the victory over High Point.

Madeline Gore hit a record high score, with 33 points, despite being out for a week with a sprained ankle. Gore made 16 2-pointers and one foul shot and pulled down eight rebounds.

Taylor Squiers contributed five points and had five rebounds. Amy Fehr added four points and grabbed 12 rebounds throughout the game.

The Newton High School girls basketball team moved their overall record to 8-4 and their NJAC division record to 6-3. The Braves will play away on Wednesday, January 22 against Morris Knolls. The game will begin at 7 p.m.