The girl’s basketball team rode a second half offensive explosion to a win over Bordentown on Friday night to move to 9-2 on the season.
The Pirates took down the Scotties 54-39 to rebound from a tough, 36-32 loss to Delran earlier in the week.
“It’s definitely been a problem of ours, the way we are starting games,” head coach Bret Jenkins said. “It’s something I have to look at as a coach. Is it something we aren’t doing right in warmups or in the first half?”
“I have to give them credit for the way they’ve been playing in second halves. We know we can win any game even if we are down.”
Both teams had a rough go of it in the first quarter, with the Scotties holding an 11-9 lead after one thanks to a 6-0 run late.
Then, in the second quarter, it took the teams nearly two minutes to score.
The offense picked up a tad towards the end of the first half as the Pirates rallied to take a 21-19 lead into the locker room.
“We’ve always been a second half team,” Fiona Flynn said. “We tried to come out strong in the first half, but the past couple games it wasn’t working. We had to keep it up on defense and we made a plan to stop their shooters.”
The second half saw an offensive explosion at both ends of the court as the Pirates and Scotties erupted for a combined 53 points.
“I thought we shared the ball well and didn’t turn it over,” Jenkins said. “They were sitting in that zone so we had to make sure we didn’t turn it over. We moved the ball well. We were able to really move it around and move that zone back and forth and eventually something opened up.”
Morgan Papp (22 points) and Flynn (23 points) took over for their respective teams.
Papp had 16 of her 22 in the second half, while Flynn had 13 of her 23 in the second half.
“We switched up our plays,” Flynn said. “We knew what defense they were running so we found where their defense was weaker and my teammates made really tight passes.”
Anne O’Malley added 10 for Cinnaminson to go along with six blocks.
With 3:23 left in the third the Pirates built a 10-point lead and never looked back.
The Pirates lead got as large as 15 at 42-27 early in the fourth quarter.
“This game definitely gets our confidence back up,” Flynn said. “I think this game helped us out a lot, especially with how we played in the second half.”
Bordentown answered every Cinnaminson bucket in the fourth, but could not make a run to close the gap as the game ended 54-39, with the Pirates winning by 15.
Girl’s basketball returns to the court on Tuesday, January 17 at Burlington Township. Tip off is slated for 5pm.
“We’ve got to work on finishing shots, especially around the basket,” Jenkins said. “We are going to face some really strong teams that will put pressure on us and play man on us. Handling the ball and finishing around the basket is definitely what we will be focusing on.”
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