SPRINGFIELD, NJ – It was Senior Night at Jonathan Dayton High School for the varsity girls basketball game. They honored senior Co-Captain guard Emma Ares and that was followed by a quick start and a lead at the end of the first quarter. Linden was able to overcome the Bulldogs' effort with a strong fourth quarter and win the game 40-38.
This is the third loss in a row for the Bulldogs and pushes their record to now 7-4 in the division and the record for the season to 12-5. Dayton will finish third in the Union County Conference – Valley Division behind Oak Knoll and Union Catholic.
Dayton was led by junior guard Amanda Lau. She had 17 points before having to leave the game about mid way through the fourth quarter with an arm injury.
Sophomore forward Sayre Branstatter added 13 points and junior forward Nicolette Angelo added eight points.
Dayton led Linden 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 26-25 lead at the end of the half. They added four points to their lead and at the end of the third quarter led 36-31. Not much went right in the fourth quarter as they were only able to score two points.
Their last divisional game is 7 p.m. Friday at Hillside. After that the Bulldogs play a week from Friday at Benedictine Academy. The game starts at 4 p.m. The Union County Tournament starts the weekend of February 10.