Springfield Girls Basketball: Dayton Pulls Away from Hillside, 45-24

Ebere Chukwuygen taking the shot Credits: Chip Dickson
Emma Ares setting up the point Credits: Chip Dickson
Defense Credits: Chip Dickson
Nicolette Angelo taking the shot Credits: Chip Dickson
Team Meeting Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton girls won their second game in a row beating the Hillside Comets 45-24.  The victory pushed the team record to 8-1. 

In the first 90 seconds of the game, Dayton’s sophomore guard Sayre Brandstatter hit a three pointer and sophomore forward Catie McTernan followed it with a field goal.   That gave Dayton a quick 5-0 lead.  It did not last as Hillside scored eight unanswered points, all from sophomore guard Brya Bryd.  The first quarter ended with Hillside ahead 8-7.

After that quarter, Dayton seemed to find another gear scoring the first seven points of the second quarter and ultimately outscoring the Comets 13-6.  The Bulldogs led 20-14 at the end of the half.  Their lead was increased by an 11-4 third quarter. 

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Scoring was balanced.  Brandstatter led Dayton with 12 points and all were three pointers.  One was from “Downtown” according to the announcer.  Ebere Chukwuygen scored 11 points made up of four field goals and three free throws.  She also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked five shots.

Junior forward Nicolette Angelo scored eight points on four field goals.  She also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots.  Junior guard Amanda Lau scored seven points made up of two field goals and one three pointer.  McTernan also scored seven the same way.  Both Lau and McTernan pulled down five rebounds. 

Bryd scored 20 of Hillside’s 24 points.  

After the game Coach Rennie said "We are at are best when we are disciplined and play our half court game.  We get into trouble when we are not disciplined."

Dayton (8-1) is 5-1 in the Union County Conference – Valley Division.  The Bulldogs next game is a 2 p.m. away game Saturday at Newark Collegiate.  They are home Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Elizabeth High School.

Dayton is currently ranked seventh in the Union County Conference and received 103 NJSIAA power points as of January 8, which gives them the 15th highest ranking of all Group 1 schools in the state.  

The following picture is of Amanda Lau and her parents after the game.

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