WESTFIELD, NJ — Two-year captain Caroline Dwyer has led the Westfield High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a Union County Tournament title in her senior year.
Dwyer dropped 23 points in the opening round of the county tournament in a 29-point win against Dayton on Feb. 18. Dwyer, who is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Westfield Allstate Athlete of the Week, also had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in the championship game, where she drained four threes out of her 15 in the tournament.
The Lady Blue Devils went on to beat Governor Livingston 64-37 to give Westfield their first championship since 2008.
“The most important thing about being the captain to me is being vocal, in multiple ways. I struggled with this during my junior year,” Dwyer said. “I’ve improved greatly this year, and it really helps the team as a whole. I make sure to talk to my teammates on the court, and off the court we are constantly laughing and having fun with each other.”
“Despite having so many Westfield basketball memories, the most memorable has to be winning the recent Union County Tournament,” she said. “My team has performed so well all year, and the senior class had lost in the championship twice before this year, which makes it even more fulfilling for us.”
The Blue Devils look to continue their 17-game win streak at Ridge on Thursday, after they put on an offensive show against Edison, winning 62-25 on Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament.
“Her work ethic, her toughness, her leadership are just a few of a long list of qualities that make Caroline the player and girl she is,” said head coach Liz McKeon.
Michael Siroty is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.