WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield girls basketball team was just too much on Tuesday.
Senior Caroline Dwyer scored a game-high 23 points, draining five 3-pointers, and sophomore Chloe Kreusser added 10 points with six rebounds to power fifth-seeded Westfield to a 59-30 victory over 16th-seeded Dayton in the first round of the Union County Tournament in Westfield.
Westfield (17-5) extended its win streak to 13 games and will host ninth-seeded Johnson in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Senior Faith Dobosiewicz posted eight points with 10 rebounds for Westfield, which used a 31-points first half to take control.
“Westfield is a very strong team, both offensively and defensively. We struggled against their defense, and they just have too many weapons on offense,” said Dayton head coach David Rennie. “I’m proud of our players for battling and never giving up.”
Senior Michelle Bellino scored a team-high 15 points with six rebounds, three assists and three steals and junior Aiyona Wood posted five points and seven rebounds for Dayton (7-14), which saw its two-game win streak snapped.
Freshman Samantha Casey had five points, four rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
The Bulldogs return to the court for two straight home games starting Friday versus Dunellen at 7:00 p.m. and neighbor Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m.
“We want to build some momentum going into the state tournament, so we need to remain focused on improving each day and paying attention to detail, so we can execute more efficiently,” said Rennie.
March Madness State Tournament Style: Dayton is the 14th seed in the upcoming NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 Sectional Tournament and will visit third-seeded Glen Ridge in first round action on Monday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m.
The winner advances to Wednesday’s quarterfinals and will play the winner between 11th-seeded Ridgefield and sixth-seeded Shabazz.