ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School Girls’ Basketball team played a complete game on both sides of the court today to come away with an impressive victory over the Kittatinny Cougars.

Roxbury (2-9) and Kittatinny (3-4) were set to do battle at Roxbury High School. Both teams were looking for a win with the season still young. 

Roxbury came out on fire in the first quarter. The Gaels pressed and pressured all the Kittatinny guards.  Juniors Ryelle Sansone and Rachel Sclar were able to get in the passing lanes to make quick steals and finish their shots at the rim.

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In the first quarter, Kittatinny came out in a 2-3 zone. However, Roxbury showed good basketball IQ by passing the ball quickly and looking inside to senior forwards Sydney Clevenger and Jamie Katzenberger. 

Clevenger was a force in the post early. She scored eight points in the first quarter. All of her points came in the paint as she took advantage of the defense. She and Katzenberger were able to gobble up all the rebounds on both sides of the floor.

At the end of one quarter of play, the scoreboard read 15-4 in favor of the Gaels.

Kittatinny came out in a press of their own in the second quarter. They were able to force some turnovers led by junior guard Ashley Brown. Kittatinny was able to get some quick buckets to get right back in the game.

It was clear both teams wanted to push the ball and look for quick easy offense. That is how both teams broke the press of the other team, and when the fast break was not there, both teams were patient in running offense and looked for the best shots possible.

Kittatinny was able to beat the Roxbury defenders off the dribble. Senior Jen Makarevich was able to dribble and get fouled on many of her lay-ups.  Makarevich and her team were solid from the free throw line, making most of their shots that help cut the Roxbury lead to single digits at one point.

But Kittatinny just could not stop Roxbury’s offensive attack. Junior Brianna Manzo was able to get into the paint for easy shots. And when the drive was not there, Sansone was able to knock down her mid-range shots.

Freshman point guard Sarah Olivero was able to also score at the basket.  And when she got fouled, Olivero knocked down all of her free throws.

At the half Roxbury still lead 36-20.

The second half brought more of the same. Roxbury was still pressing and getting easy steals for buckets.  Kittatinny had no answer for the full court press of Roxbury. The Gaelswere there on every pass to make it tough for Brown and the Cougars.

As Kittatinny was being careless with the ball and struggling on offense, Roxbury was patient and made sure the shots they took were good ones. Clevenger ensured there would not be any second chance shots for the Cougars on defense by grabbing every rebound that came her way.

Kittatinny started to make a run at the end, but it was too late. The defense of the Gaels proved to be the greatest factor. The final score was 47-29 Roxbury.

The Lady Gaels will look to build off this game as they take on Randolph on Jan. 22.