SPRINGFIELD, NJ – It took just a bit of time for the Jonathan Dayton Varsity girls basketball team to adjust to their opponent and then establish their rhythm against a good Group 4 team. Once they did, they sustained an effort that turned into one of their best performances of the year beating Governor Livingston 57-42. Their record for the season is 15-8.
From the start the Bulldogs hustled and were tenacious on defense. They also shot well. Their scoring effort was led by sophomore guard Sayre Brandstatter with 22 and junior guard Amanda Lau with 18. Brandstatter hit four three point shots along with making six rebounds, while Lau penetrated the Livingston defense several times on her way to hitting six field goals and making five assists.
Sophomore center Ebere Chukwuyem returned to the line-up from an injury and contributed six points along with four rebounds.
Junior guard Melanie Schickler and sophomore forward Catie McTernan each added five points. Junior guard Nicolette Angelo made a free throw shot along with five rebounds. McTernan also made five rebounds.
Governor Livingston was led by senior Lindsay Gerrato with 23.
Coach Rennie said “They played hard. They played well. We have been hot and cold recently and it’s nice to end the regular season hot with everybody playing well.”
On Tuesday February 28 at 5:00 p.m., three seeded Dayton plays the 14 seed North Arlington at home. It is the round 1 game of the 2017 NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 Tournament. The winner plays March 2 quarterfinal game against the winner of the six seed Newark Collegiate and eleven seed Roselle Park game.