LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Cedar Grove girls basketball team’s three game win streak was broken on Tuesday night following a 34-22 loss to Livingston.
“We’ve been playing very well of late. They are a tough group, they’ll bounce back from this,” said Head Coach Bill Scanlon.
Livingston was able to capitalize off of an extremely poor shooting first half for the Panthers. The Panthers scored just two points from the foul line resulting in an 18-point halftime deficit that they could not overcome.
“We held it together defensively, we got very good looks in the first half, but shots weren’t falling,” said Scanlon.
Cedar Grove refused to go quietly, however playing their best basketball in the third quarter. The squad forced nine of their more than 20 turnovers to produce a nine to four scoring run.
“Their only baskets came off two turnovers by us so we need to take care of the ball a little bit better,” said Scanlon.
One of the key contributors in the second half was Ryan Cannataro who netted five of her seven points in the frame. Cannataro has been on a scoring streak with over 10 points in each of her previous three games coming into Tuesday.
“[Cannataro] has played really well, we’re trying to get her the ball in spots she can score from,” said Scanlon.
Cedar Grove would get the game to within 11 points with their grit in the beginning of the fourth quarter. A full court trap continued to baffle the Lancer offense until six straight points were scored from Aliza Gelman to close out the potential comeback.
“We played our butts off in the second half. We didn’t give up, we came back and had a chance to make it a game,” said Scanlon.
The Panthers will now fall to 10-5 on the season. Despite this loss the Panthers are 8-2 in their last 10 games as they head into the Essex County Tournament.
“Everybody has been playing well it’s just a little speed bump,” said Scanlon.
The Cedar Grove squad will now host the 17 seeded Newark Academy squad on Saturday in the Essex County Tournament Preliminary Round.
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