RANDOLPH, NJ- Every year the Randolph girls basketball team selects a charity to support and raise funds for as a way of giving back.  This season, the team combined their “Teacher Recognition Night” with their charity donation to the March of Dimes for Healthier Babies when they played Pope John on Tuesday Feb. 5.

At each practice, the girls take foul shots for the charity, with coaches tracking the total made.  The monetary donations from friends and family for each shot made were collected by the Booster Club, and added up to $1,500 this season.  A check was presented at the game to Ms. JoAnn Bartoli from the March of Dimes.

“We chose the fundraiser at our Pot Luck Dinner at the beginning of the season, by having each player vote on a charity,” said senior Courtney Downtain.  “We chose March of Dimes for Healthier Babies, because we feel every baby being born deserves a chance at life. My teammates and I were shocked that we had raised $1,500 for this cause, and we couldn’t be happier.”

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For the game, Randolph battled from beginning to end, hanging tough with a Lions team who has only lost one game all season. While they trailed by eight after two periods, they made a run in the second half cutting the lead down to a one possession game, before ultimately falling by the score of 41-38.

“We pushed the ball and ran our offense well, producing many good shots but unfortunately we had many shots go in and out,” said coach Pete Torres.  “Our girls played hard and we were so close to tying the game or taking a lead but couldn’t get over the hump.”

Pope John’s best player Kenna Squire (Who is a Division 1 recruit) was too much for the Lady Rams to handle.  They tried to double team her, but her constant movement and posting up gave Randolph fits, as she dominated the game scoring 24 points.

“Our effort was phenomenal as usual, for us to play a 18-1 team that beat us by 26 earlier in the year, and have a chance to win tonight shows how far we have come,” said Torres.  “We have become a team that will fight till the end, and I love coaching a team like that.”