SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Dayton girls jumped out to a ten point lead in the first quarter but Oak Knoll was able to regain momentum and pulled ahead in the second quarter and finish the first half leading 24-22.
The loss pushes the Bulldogs record to 7-3 in the division and 12-4 overall. At 10-1, Oak Knoll clinched first place in the division. Dayton will finish no worse than third place in their division.
The Bulldogs were led by junior guard Amanda Lau with 19 points. She made six field goals, one three point shot, and four free throws.
Sophomore forward Caitlynn McTernan added nine point on three three point shots and sophomore forward Sayre Brandstatter scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Other Dayton players that scored included junior guard Melanie Schickler with five points and junior forward Nicolette Angelo with three points. Angelo also pulled down four rebounds.
Oak Knoll was led by freshmen Paige Morton with 15 points and junior Emily Archer with 12 points. Morton made four three point shots in game increasing her total to 25 for the season.
Coach Rennie credited Oak Knoll with a strong performance after game. He said, “They are a very athletic team that plays strong aggressive defense and never gives up.”
The Bulldogs next game is 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.