WESTFIELD, NJ — After a slow start for both sides, the Westfield Lady Blue Devils caught fire and defeated the Cranford Lady Cougars 56-34 Saturday in Westfield’s home opener.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Westfield head coach Elizabeth McKeon. “They came in with a positive attitude. They’re great teammates to each other and they’re relentless—they didn’t want to lose on their home court.”

After Cranford took a 13-8 lead into the second quarter, the Blue Devils put up 22 more points, which included a 15-0 run. Westfield senior guard Jacqueline Knapp totaled 15 points before sitting out the second half.

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Westfield took a 30-19 lead into the half and played shutdown defense in the third quarter—only allowing three points—to make the score 45-22 going into the fourth quarter.

The Cougars outscored the Blue Devils 12-11 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

“I think they can play even better than they did today,” added McKeon about Westfield's performance. “There were some good moments, some bad moments, but overall they played well and I know that they have even more in them.”

Westfield senior guard Lillian Scott tallied 15 points as well and sophomore Danielle Rinaldi picked up 9. Sophomore Hannah Liddy scored 7 and had 8 defensive rebounds.

Westfield will play their next game on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. against Plainfield at Westfield High School. Cranford plays at Roselle Catholic next on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

Eric Storms is a sophomore at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Westfield.