SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In the final divisional game of the season, the Jonathan Dayton varsity girls basketball team beat Hillside 50-20 and finished third in the Union County Conference – Valley Division with an 8-4 record. That is an improvement over last year’s 5-5 division record.
Junior guard Amanda Lau led the Bulldogs with 15 points. She made four field goals, two three point shots, one assist and one free throw. She also made four steals and three rebounds.
Three other players contributed half of the points. Junior forward Nicolette Angelo scored nine points, pulled down 12 rebounds, made three assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Sophomore guard Sayre Brandstatter also scored nine points while making eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sophomore forward Caitlynn McTernan scored seven points, made nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Other Bulldogs that scored included sophomore guard Maggie Phillips with four points; and junior guards Melanie Schickler, Gabbie Petruzzella and Zoe Frei with two points each. Frei also had a steal. Junior forward Capri Christmas pulled in a rebound and made an assist, a steal and a block.
Hillside was led by Brya Bird with 14 points.
As of February 2, Dayton was ranked number eight in the Union County Conference. Their record of 13-5 gives them the second best won loss percentage in the last nine seasons - so far. In 2011, the team was 20-7, which was a 74.1% percentage. There are four regular season games to be played and two tournaments for Dayton.
The Bulldogs have two games scheduled before the Union County Conference Tournament. On Thursday, they play a 4 p.m. game at home against the Woodbridge High School Warriors (11-7 for season). On Friday, the played the make-up game caused by the December 17 weather delay away at Benedictine Academy at 4 p.m. (9-8 overall from the UCC – Sky Division).
The Union County Conference Tournament brackets should be released early next week.