RANDOLPH NJ – The Randolph High School Girls Varsity basketball team defeated Pope John 34-26 in a home game on Tuesday, Jan. 7.  Pope John was a determined team with a lot of talent, but Randolph came out ready to play, and earned the victory by taking an early lead and holding it for the duration of the game.

Both teams played aggressively, making for a riveting game for the crowd.

“I think we played great defense, but our offense was very chaotic,” said junior forward Olivia Turner.

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Sarah Bona was a standout for the Lady Rams, racking up a total of nine points, nine rebounds, and three assists in the game, while displaying some impressive offensive moves. 

Randolph started the game off strong with a five-point lead, coming out of the gate with a 7-2 run. By the end of the first quarter the game was 9-4, a promising beginning against the Lions, who are always a strong opponent.

In the second quarter, Randolph maintained their lead, with aggressive defense that held the Lions to just 10 total first half points.   

“Our game plan really was just to stop them on defense, and have our defense lead to our offense,” said senior Point Guard Alyssa Alfieri, one of the captains of the team.

In the third quarter Pope John’s Carly Fitzmorris landed an impressive three-point shot to chip away at their deficit, but Randolph answered back to keep their four-point lead intact.  Pope John lost another chance to catch up, when their coach called a time out at an inopportune time, forfeiting them a shot that would have allotted them two points.   

In the fourth quarter of the game, things intensified as the Lions unleashed a full court press, but Randolph was able to hold them at bay, and increase their lead late for a final score of 34-26.

Ellie Sciancalepore added 10 points and five steals for Randolph, while Angeleen Mulero filled the stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

“In all games, there are improvements that need to be made, so just seeing those critiques applied is something I look forward to,” said Mulero, another captain of the team.

 The Randolph Girls Basketball team has started the season off strong with a record of 7-0 and are ready for more tough opponents.

“We tend to be doubted by many, but game by game we are proving to everyone that we deserve our respect and recognition,” said Mulero.

Their next game is scheduled on Jan 11, against Warren Hills.