Girl’s basketball finally opened their home slate of the 2016-2017 season as Northern Burlington (NBC) came to town.
The Pirates dominated from the opening tip to the final buzzer, recording a 55-32 win that wasn’t even that close.
“We wanted to establish the press as our identity,” head coach Bret Jenkins said. “We wants teams to know when they play us they are in for a tough 32 minutes. We also want it to generate some offense for us.”
Fiona Flynn and Maddie Ogden each finished with 14 points. Anne O’Malley had 11.
“They are sharing the ball,” Jenkins said. “They aren’t worried about their points. They know when to take it and when to pass the ball. We’re having a lot of contributors, not just those three. That’s what makes it tough to defend.”
Lachelle Colbert led the Greyhounds with 16.
“Right now I think that we are bonding more than last year,” Flynn said. “Our preseason really brought us together. The fact that we’re all really close helps us on the court.”
This is the third of four games where the Pirates have had two players in double figures in points. It is the second straight game where the Pirates had three players in double digits.
Cinnaminson jumped out to a 16-3 lead by the end of the first quarter before the Greyhounds could even find a rhythm.
“I think we work so hard and that’s all that matters,” Flynn said. “We sprint back on defense and we press the whole time. Every girl sprints to every ball and I think that’s what differentiates us from other teams.”
It took a little over half of the first quarter for the Greyhounds to score their first points of the game.
The Greyhounds went on a 6-0 run to open the second quarter to cut the lead to 16-9, but that is as close as things would get the rest of the way.
Cinnaminson led 28-16 at the break.
The Greyhounds cut the lead to 14 late in the third, but Maddie Figiel drained a three at the buzzer to give the Pirates a 17 point lead headed to the fourth.
Cinnaminson poured in 11 points in the fourth to take home the win 55-32.
“We can go six girls deep on our bench,” Flynn said. “We have everybody on our team who can go in at any time.”
The Greyhounds scored the final five points of the game, their only points of the fourth.
“It makes teams nervous from the start,” Flynn said of the press. “Us pressing the entire time tires out the other team, while we are still fresh. We run a lot in practice, so we are used to it.”
Girl’s basketball returns to the court on Wednesday, December 28 at the Audubon Holiday Tournament against Gloucester City.
Fiona Flynn – 14
Maddie Ogden – 14
Anne O’Malley – 11
Kelly Kane – 6
Maddie Figiel – 5
Tori Robinson – 3
Angela Oliveira – 1
Erin Lonergan – 1
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