SPRINGFIELD, NJ – With two players sitting out with sprained ankles including one of the starters, the Dayton varsity girls basketball team put in a strong focused performance beating St. Mary’s High School 74-32. The win pushes the Bulldogs record to 7-2 in the division and 12-3 overall.
The Bulldogs led 16-6 after the first quarter and increased their lead in the next two quarters. At the end of the third quarter, they were ahead 68-17. Most of the starters sat out the fourth quarter.
Throughout the game, the team played cohesively and sustained a disciplined effort. That included maintaining a strong effort on defense and doing their best to make sure they were well positioned to get a rebound. When a player had a chance to make a layup, they usually kept the ball on the other side of their body from any potential defender.
Junior guard Amanda Lau led the Bulldogs with 25 points. She made five three point shots and two of those got the announcer to say “Amanda Lau from downtown.” She also had seven assists. Sophomore forward Sayre Brandstatter added 22 points including four three point shots.
Sophomore guard Maggie Phillips scored eight points. She was followed by junior guard Zoe Frei with six points. Junior Gabbie Petruzzella scored five points and junior guard Melanie Schickler added four points. Senior Captain Emma Ares added two points as did junior forward Nicolette Angelo. Sophomore forward Caitlynn McTernan played much of the game and contributed three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
St. Mary’s was led by senior Zaria Butler with 19 points.
The Bulldogs next game is at division leader Oak Knoll School at 10 a.m. Saturday. On Tuesday they play a 7 p.m. game against Linden High School at home on Senior Night. They end divisional play Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Hillside.