SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Coach Dave Rennie said, “The game seemed much closer than the final score. We beat a very scrappy team that got after the ball. We just played a really good game a against a very good team.”
The Bulldogs beat the Hilltoppers 62-42 in the first round of the Union County Tournament. It was a game that featured the eighth seed against the ninth seed. The Bulldogs advance to the quarterfinals where they will face the top seed The Patrick School on Friday.
Summit’s coach Dave Kenny said, “Dayton is a good shooting well coached team. They scored more points on us in the second half than any other team this year. We were not as ready as we should have been when we started the third quarter and that is on me.”
Dayton’s scoring was led by senior captain Amanda Lau and junior Sayre Brandstatter. Lau had 23 points and Brandstatter had 19 points.
The rest of the scoring came from senior captain Nicolette Angelo with nine, junior Caitlynn Mcternan with seven, senior Gariella Petruzzella with three and Melanie Schickler with one.
The Hilltoppers were led by Bella Cusomano Christina Richson with nine points each.
Senior Grace Keegan had six points and Annabella Yorio had five points. The rest of the scoring came from Kiran McCormick with four points, Catherine Maloney and Grace Mahoney with three points each, Sarah Maldando with two points, and Silvie Gaudreau with one point.
About Amanda Lau and Sayre Brandstatter, Coach Rennie said, “They really stepped up together. They controlled the tempo and offensive pace.” Lau also had three assists and a rebound, while Brandstatter had six rebounds, five assists, a blocked shot and three steals.
Nicolette Angelo “…was all over the floor and played real hard.” She had six rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots.
Caitlynn McTernan played what the coach called her "...typical solid game with good decisions.: She had two rebounds, an assist and two steals.
Sophomore Michelle Bellino had four rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal. Junior Maggie Phillips had a rebound and an assist.
The Bulldogs are now 18-2 for the season. The Patrick School beat Linden High School in their first round game 70-46.