RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph girls basketball team has had quite an impressive run to start the 2019-20 season, taking victory in all but one of their 12 games so far. Their latest victim was Mt Olive at home on Wednesday Jan 22, as the Lady Rams ran away with a 46-21 win.
“We knew that if we worked hard in practice and continued to push each other each and every day, we could have a successful season,” said senior point guard Alyssa Alfieri. “I expected us to be a decent team considering our compatibility was evident from the beginning, however, nothing is guaranteed, especially in our county that is full of several great teams.”
The Rams flew out of the gate, shutting down the Mauraders offense and running up a 13-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“Our defense is working well for us, and once we hold teams down defensively, our offense naturally comes to us,” said Alfieri.
While Mt Olive was able to score more in the second, they still couldn’t keep pace with the Rams scoring and halftime saw Randolph holding a 27-12 lead.
The third quarter was a strange one, as the teams shut each other down and only traded four points apiece. But Randolph woke up in the fourth, blowing the game wide open. Using a half-court trap, they forced multiple turnovers that led to baskets in transition as they outscored the Mauraders by 10 points to secure the final score of 46-21.
“Our athleticism and lock down defense have been huge in this year’s success so far,” said senior captain Ellie Sciancalepore. “We are constantly looking to make defensive stops in order to fuel the fast break plays that we love. We have the most fun on the court when we push the ball and that is where we thrive as a team.”
Angeleen Mulero led the scoring with 12 points, followed by Sara Bona with 10 and Olivia Turner who chipped in 9 along with 6 rebounds. Alfieri collected 7 points and 4 steals, while Sciancalepore had 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Randolph now holds an 11-1 record, and plays next on the road at Bloomfield on Jan 25.