CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove girls basketball team fell for the first time in over two weeks with a 28-20 loss to Glen Ridge at home on Saturday.
“[Glen Ridge] played better than we did. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well,” said Cedar Grove Head Coach Bill Scanlon.
The Ridgers were able to go on a 10 to zero scoring run in the fourth quarter that helped propel them onto victory. Glen Ridge forced poorly timed defensive mistakes resulting in eight of their 10 points coming from the foul line.
The loss for Cedar Grove is particularly disheartening as it followed what was an impressive third quarter run. After forcing seven turnovers the Panthers went on a 12 to five scoring run sparked by baskets from Chloe Weinstein and a number of baskets from Molly Bauer, Ryan Cannataro and Lexi Scivetti.
Weinstein, the team’s point guard finished with a game-high six points for Cedar Grove. Weinstein has averaged that total in her last four games for the Panthers.
“We came out in the third, and we played pretty well,” said Scanlon.
Both teams played fairly even in the first half and were tied at four after one quarter of play. In the second period it was evident it would be a defensive battle between the two squads with Glen Ridge taking a 13-8 halftime lead with a five to nothing scoring run to end the period.
The loss for Cedar Grove drops the squad to 7-4 on the season breaking a five game winning streak. The group had previously scored 35 points or more in their last five games and held victories of 20-plus points in four of those five games.
“It was a good run, this is a bump in the road and we’ll see what we can do,” said Scanlon.
The Panthers will have to rebound fast with three consecutive conference games upcoming. In the next week Cedar Grove will take on Mount St. Dominick, Caldwell and Belleville, all three of them trail the Panthers in the standings and one will be looking for payback from a loss earlier this season.
“We’ve got to get back to work on Monday, we’ve got to get back, and we’ve got to get better,” said Scanlon.
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