NUTLEY, NJ -- The Nutley Raiders girls varsity basketball team started their season (1-2), with a very successful season opener victory on December 16, followed by losses to the Montclair Mounties and Newark Tech Terriers.

The girls opened the season with an 80-42 victory over Newark Academy. The defeat was led by freshman Abby Scheidel and sophomore Courtney Wilde. Sheidel scored 16 points and Wilde recorded 15.

Scheidel – who shot well primarily in the first half – did not surprise Head Coach Larry Mitschow, who expected her to carry most of the team’s offense this season.

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“We knew Sheidel would be one our first options on offense,” Mitschow told TAPinto Nutley. “Her scoring in the first half didn’t surprise us at all. She has a nice touch in the three point range and she was getting good lucks in the first half.”

Sheidel – who averaged 14 points a game in 8th grade – made four thee-point field goals in the Newark Academy victory.

Sophomore Rebecca Granata dished out 13 points, while sophomore Mackenzie Moraski added another 11.

We shot the ball very well,” Mitschow said. “We played very unselfish, which led to some easy baskets. We rebounded on both sides of the court, which led to second chance points.”

After the 42-point win, the girls took on Montclair on December 20. Wilde and Granata led in scoring in the 59-45 loss.

“Some positives were rebounding and making some nice adjustments in the second quarter after falling behind,” Mitschow said. “Some weaknesses we showed were...team defense and not being able to handle their ball pressure.”

Wilde gave the Raiders 15 points and Granata scored another 12. Junior Sydney Kunz recorded six points.

The Raiders then traveled to Newark Tech on December 22. The girls fell behind early on in the game, trailing behind the Terriers 21-3 at the end of the first quarter, and continued to struggle throughout the rest of the game.

The Terriers repeatedly stole the ball and stopped the Raiders with good defense.

“Newark Tech was an extremely good team, who also won a sectional championship last year,” Mitschow told TAPinto Nutley. “Their combination of speed and size were just too much for us.”

The Raiders will host the (2-1) High Point Wildcats Tuesday. The girls will tip off at 1 PM.