Randolph Girls Basketball Gives Back, Raising Funds For Charity

RANDOLPH, NJ- For most high school students, participating in a team sport often leads to personal growth and development beyond just “playing a game”.  Lessons learned of teamwork, dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and how to win and lose with class, all can have a positive impact that lasts a lifetime.

Many of the Randolph high school teams also focus on “off the field” lessons of giving back and helping those in need.  The Lady Rams basketball team did just that recently, when they raised $1,110 for Homeless Solutions

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“All three of our teams ( Varsity, JV, Freshmen ) get together early in our season to pick one charity to donate funds we raise during our ‘Foul-Shot-Athon,’” said team captain Courtney Whiting. “We collect donations based on how many foul shots we make out of 100 shots taken during our practices.”

The teams presented the check before their game against Butler on Saturday Feb. 18.

When tipoff arrived, the Bulldogs of Butler ran out to a first period lead of 10-7, before the lady Rams rallied in the second to take a one point halftime lead at 23-22.

The second half was all Randolph, as the girls extended their lead to six points in the third and then slammed the door on Butler in the fourth, holding them to only two points while scoring eight of their own.  The final tally was 44-32 Randolph.

Julia Wiersum led a balanced attack by collecting 12 points, while Jennie LaMancuso had nine, Samira Santana had eight, and Alana Miniovich put up six.

The evening was not only a win on the scoreboard for Randolph, but also for those in need.

“All our players feel very strongly about the importance of giving back to the community, plus this provides comradery among all three of our teams,” said Whiting.  “ Last year the funds went to The Jersey Battered Woman's Shelter, and this year we chose Homeless Solutions to benefit those in need of housing and to help with building homes.“

The Lady Rams finished their season at 14-10, and play next in the first round of the NJSIAA state playoffs on Monday, Feb. 27, at home against North Bergen at 5 p.m.