A late rally for the girl’s basketball team fell short on Tuesday night in a 36-32 loss to rival Delran that snapped a seven-game win streak.
Cinnaminson (8-2, 2-1 Patriot) had scored 50 or more points in six of the seven games won during the streak.
This is the second straight year the Bears have ended a lengthy Pirates winning streak. Last year, the Bears ended the Pirates 11-game win streak with a 40-27 win in Delran.
It was such a slow start to the night for both teams offensively that it took almost two full minutes into the game to register a point.
The first one came on a free throw for Delran (6-2, 3-0 Patriot).
Cinnaminson held a 6-5 lead after one quarter, the last lead of the game for the Pirates.
The Bears led 16-9 at halftime thanks to a 6-0 run to close the second quarter for Delran.
“We had too many missed layups and any type of shot altogether,” head coach Bret Jenkins said.
“As a team we shot 9-for-49, 18 percent. It makes it really difficult to win games when you’re shooting 18 percent.”
It was a much better second half for both teams as they combined for 43 points.
Cinnaminson tried to make a run in the third, but Delran had an answer for every bucket to keep the Pirates at bay.
The Bears built their largest lead of the game (10 points) early in the fourth quarter.
It looked as if the Bears were going to fend off the Pirates, but Cinnaminson wasn’t going away easily.
“I’m proud of the girl’s effort to fight back into it, especially in the second half,” Jenkins said. “That’s one thing we really pride ourselves in, but we put ourselves in too big of a hole to try and get back.”
“Division rival. Things aren’t going our way. 10-point game late. They kept showing fight and I’m really proud of them for that.”
With Delran in possession of the ball the Bears were content on flinging passes around the court instead of taking a shot with just over two minutes remaining.
With under 1:30 left Fiona Flynn stole an inbounds pass and found Maddie Figiel for a quick bucket that brought the game within two at 32-30.
Flynn led the Pirates with 16 points, while Kelly Kane added five.
Delran hit two free throws to extend the lead to 34-30 before Flynn made it a 34-32 game.
Delran iced the victory with two free throws by Morgan Ryan (eight points) with eight seconds left to win 36-32.
The Bears had just four players register a point tonight, but Brenna Cloud’s 21 led all scorers.
The difference in the game was the Pirates four missed free throws (12 of 16 for the game).
“They need to listen a little more to the scouting report,” Jenkins said. “A couple things we wanted to do during the game we didn’t do.”
“We need to finish our shots and not worry about contact down low. We seemed to be a little too worried about them instead of attacking the basket.”
Girl’s basketball returns to the court on Friday, January 13 at home against Bordentown at 5:30pm.
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