Girl’s Basketball Rides Second Half Offensive Explosion to Win

Girl’s Basketball Rides Second Half Offensive Explosion to Win

second half offensive explosion girl's basketball

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.”

Team 1 2 3 4 Final
11 8 8 12 39
9 12 19 14 54

Game stats


Lauren Appleby 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Serena Daniels 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Michaela Luyber 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Morgan Papp 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 22
Genesis Walker 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 5


Fiona Flynn 9 0 5 0 0 0 0 23
Kelly Kane 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
Anne O’Malley 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Maddie Ogden 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Maddie Parrish 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Tori Robinson 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 7


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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at