SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Coming into the game, the Bulldogs knew what they had to do to clinch the Union County Conference Valley Division Championship and that was beat Hillside High School, one of their division rivals. Dayton did it in convincing fashion by winning 82-39.
The first quarter was tight as Dayton took time to find its rhythm on defense. At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 19-15. They took a commanding lead in the second quarter outscoring the Comets 28 to 7. At the end of the half, the Bulldogs led 47 to 26. The Bulldogs widen their lead with a 17-8 third quarter and then finished with an 18 to 9 fourth quarter.
Like many other games this year, everyone played. Everyone also scored.
Coach Dave Rennie commented after the game, “I am an optimistic person, but I would not have predicted a record of 16-1 now.” He said he liked “…the way the team is winning and the strong defensive effort the players have given all year.”
Senior captain Amanda Lau led all scorers with 20 points.
Juniors Sayre Brandstatter and Caitlynn McTernan had 14 points and ten points, respectively.
Sophomore Michelle Bellino put in 11 points and senior Melanie Schickler had seven points.
Scoring four points were senior captain Nicolette Angelo, senior Zoe Frei, junior Maggie Phillips and sophomore Haeley Santos.
Scoring two points were senior Gabriella Petruzzella and senior Julia Cohen.
The Comets were led by Bukky Akinsola with 13 points and Byra Byrd with ten points.
The Bulldogs are now 16-1 on the season and 9-1 in their division. They next travel to Montville for a 4:30 p.m. game Tuesday. The Montville Mustangs are 14-2 for the season and 2-2 in the NJAC – United Division, which also includes Morristown, Chatham and Mendham.