SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton Girls played their second consecutive game against a group 4 high school team and again lost a tough one. This time they lost to Woodbridge High School 61-53. After the game Coach Rennie said, “I told the girls in the locker room these two losses were against two really good teams. I told them I am really pleased with the effort, decision making, energy level and the aggressiveness. Even though they are two losses, I couldn’t be more pleased. We get a lot more out of a game like this against the tough competition.”
Sophomore guard Sayre Brandstatter led the Bulldogs with 19 point including four three point shots. Sophomore guard Maggie Phillips turned in one of her best games of the year and contributed 14 points.
There were three other Dayton players that scored. Junior guard Amanda Lau added 12 points. Junior forward Nicolette Angelo score five points and Sophomore forward Caitlynn McTernan scored three points.
The Bulldogs led at the end of the first quarter 18-15. They hit a cold spell in the second quarter and fell behind 30-23. They gained some ground in the third quarter and trailed 43-40.
The loss put the Bulldog’s record for the season at 14-7. With only two games left in the season and the sectional tournament, the Jonathan Dayton girls basketball team already has 16 straight winning seasons.
The next game is a Tuesday away game at Dunellen High School at 5:30 p.m. They finish the regular season at home Thursday at 7 p.m. against Governor Livingston. On February 28, the 2017 NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 Tournament begins with Dayton seeded third and facing the 14 seed North Arlington in Round 1.