SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton girls continued to play very good basketball and extended their winning streak to five in a row by beating the Roselle Park Panthers 51-24. The victory pushed Dayton’s team record to 11-1.
Dayton led 31-11 at the end of the first half. Coach Rennie said he told the team at half time”…to execute execute. Make the extra pass and stay aggressive on defense.” He also noted a new player was able to join the team for the game. She is junior Capri Christmas and she plays forward and is number 41.
Junior guard Amanda Lau led Dayton with 12 and five blocked shots. Sophomore forward Sayre Brandstatter scored nine points and one of them was a three point shot.
Every Bulldog played and many scored. Junior guard Zoe Frei scored eight points. Sophomore center Ebere Chukwuyen and sophomore forward Caity McTernan each scored six points. Junior Gabie Petruzzella added four points. Three Bulldogs scored two points and they were senior guard Emma Ares, junior guard Melanie Schickler and junior forward Nicolette Angelo.
Dayton leapt out to a 14-1 lead in the first quarter and kept the pressure thru most of the game.
Dayton’s success so far this season is reflected in the polls. The Bulldogs are ranked number eight in the NJSIAA Group 1 statewide and they are ranked number six in the Union County Conference. Brandstatter was the sixth best three point shooter in the state as of January 14. Lau ranked in the top 50 in assists and Chukwuyen ranked in the top 35 in blocked shots.
Junior center Emma Cieslinski led the Panthers with ten points.
Dayton (11-1) is 6-1 in the Union County Conference – Valley Division. The Bulldogs next game is home Friday at 6 p.m. against Hoboken High School and Tuesday away at 4 p.m. against Union Catholic Regional High School.