LINDEN, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton Bulldogs faced division rival Linden on its home court and came away with a 56-29 victory.
The win assured Dayton of at least sharing the Union Conference Valley Division title. A win against Hillside Saturday would give the Bulldogs the outright championship.
Coach Dave Rennie said of the team’s success this so far this year, “It all starts with chemistry and attitude. These are fantastic young ladies.” He added, “They know they can do something special and they work together. Each player understands they are one piece of a puzzle and all must fit together. There are no egos on this team. Instead, each player knows their role and plays it. They share the ball on offense and play team defense.”
The game itself had a tight start with Dayton inching out to a 10-8 lead in the first quarter. The Bulldogs gained momentum in the second quarter outscoring Linden 18-6 for a 28-14 halftime lead. The margin increased with a 16-7 third quarter to 44-21.
Senior captain Amanda Lau led all scorers with 17 points and was one of three Bulldogs to pull down four rebounds. She also made three assists and two steals.
Junior Sayre Brandstatter scored 16 points and also made four rebounds. On top of that, she made three assists, three steals and blocked a shot.
Junior Caitlynn McTernan made three three-point shots to get her nine points. She also had three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Senior captain Nicolette Angelo scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, made two assists and two steals. She also blocked, a game high, four shots.
Senior Zoe Frei scored four points, pulled down a rebound, made two assists, grabbed two steals and blocked a shot.
Sophomore Michelle Bellino scored two points, had two rebounds, made an assist and had a steal. She also blocked three shots.
Senior Gabriella Petruzzella hit a three-point shot and had a steal. Sophomore Lily Dvorchik hit a free throw.
Linden was led by Lexis Rodriguez with 12 points.
Dayton had 18 rebounds, 12 assists, 13 steals and nine blocked shots. Linden had 23 rebounds, five assists, eight steals and two blocked shots.
Dayton is now 15-1 for the season and 8-1 in the division. The Bulldogs play a home game against division rival Hillside High School at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.