SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton girls varsity basketball team got off to a strong start in Round 1 of the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 Sectional Tournament with a 84-28 win over the 15 seed North Arlington.

After the game Coach Renne said, “I really liked the energy and enthusiasm we played with.  We really played together and got everybody involved on offense.  North Arlington came out on a triangle and two trying to shut down Sayre and Amanda but, the others stepped up and scored.  We are gelling as a team and playing with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor.”

The coach played everybody as the Bulldogs sustained their effort the entire game.  At the end of the first quarter they led 25-7 and by the end of the half the lead widened to 42-13.  At the end of the third quarter the lead was 65-18.

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Leading the Bulldogs in scoring were junior guard Amanda Lau with 16 points, sophomore forward Sayre Branstatter with 14 points, sophomore center Ebere Chukwuyem with 12 points and junior forward Nicolette Angelo with ten points.

Other players that scored were junior guard Melanie Schickler with eight points, sophomore guard Maggie Phillips with six points, and sophomore forward Caitlynn McTernan and junior guard Gabbie Petruzella each with five points.  Junior guard Zoe Frei added four points and Captain Emma Ares scored three points.

As a team, Dayton made 42 rebounds with nine coming from Brandstatter, seven from Angelo, six from McTernan and five from Schickler.   They also helped each other out by making 20 assists, 19 steals and two blocked shots.

The assist leaders were Lau with five, Brandstatter with four, and Ares and McTernan with three a piece.  Lau made six steals and Brandstatter made four.  Freshman forward Michelle Bellino blocked a shot as did McTernan.

North Arlington was led by Kaitlynn Cappucino with five points.

In Dayton’s sectional, the top seeds all won in Round 1.  So, in the quarterfinal Dayton plays the six seed Newark Collegiate on Thursday at home.   The winner will play the winner of the seven seed University and two seed Weehawken game on March 4 in a semifinal game.