The girl’s basketball team advances to the second round of the sectional tourney with a win over visiting Oakcrest on Monday night.
The 50-40 win moves the Pirates to 20-7 on the year. #7 Cinnaminson will take on #2 Haddonfield on Wednesday at 5pm on the road.
“I think we kept up our energy the whole game,” Fiona Flynn said. “We took the open layups and rebounded well.”
Cinnaminson built a 22-11 lead in the second quarter and Flynn had 12 of those points.
She finished with a game-high 25. Maddie Ogden chipped in seven and Maddie Parrish contributed six in the victory.
“I thought we did a good job limiting Oakcrest’s touches and scoring,” head coach Bret Jenkins said. “We limited their second chances in the second half, which helped.”
Oakcrest dominated off the glass in the first half, but could not convert their rebounds to points.
The Pirates led 30-17 at the break and built their lead to 16 at one point before Oakcrest began a comeback attempt.
“We knew that they had a couple of shooters and a bigger girl down low,” Flynn said. “I think we handled that well.”
The Falcons got the deficit to 11 after three, 39-28, as the Pirates scored just nine points in the frame.
Oakcrest got the Pirates lead down to six with just under 2:30 to go in the game.
A couple of quick buckets by Cinnaminson increased the lead to 10 as the Pirates walked away with a 50-40 victory.
“We’ve played a lot of close games this year,” Jenkins said. “Most of these girls played in those games and it gives you experience. They come in and they don’t get rattled.”
A big key to the victory was the rebounding of Anne O’Malley and Maddie Ogden in the second half.
“We did a little better job of boxing out,” Jenkins said. “No one is going to out-jump Anne. Once she realized that, we started pulling down the loose balls.”
O’Malley had 11 of her game-high 13 rebounds in the second half. Ogden had 11 on the night.
“That’s kind of been my role this year,” O’Malley said.” Tonight I struggled with offense, but I was able to help on defense.”
Following the win, the players immediately moved their focus to the task at hand on Wednesday.
“We have some things to resolve with Haddonfield in almost every sport,” Flynn said. “We definitely have something to prove going up against Haddonfield, especially in their gym.”
Haddonfield is now 25-2 on the year after their first round win over Medford Tech.
“Haddonfield’s good,” Jenkins said. “They’ve been good all season. They earned the two-seed and the right to a home game.”
“We are going to go in there confident. We know we will have to play well to keep it a game and anything can happen at the end. We need to play with the mentality that we have nothing to lose.”
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