East girls cruise past Hilltoppers, 76-49
For the first four minutes of the game, the R-S Central girl's basketball team kept pace with East Rutherford.
But, a 17-0 run to close out the first quarter allowed the Lady Cavaliers to cruise to a 76-49 win over Central Monday at East Rutherford.
The game was tight early with East taking a slim 5-4 lead. Shay Dewberry drilled a 3-pointer to push the Cavalier lead to 8-4. R-S settled down and broke the Lady Cavalier press resulting in three straight layups by Te’ja Twitty to tie the game at 10-10.
Then, East responded with a 17-0 run led by Emily Elgin, Rachel Camp and Dewberry. That gave the Lady Cavs a 27-10 first quarter lead.
"We got off to kind of a slow start because we wanted to play our seniors," said East head coach Larry Ross. "But, once we got our regular rotation in, we pulled away."
East outscored the Lady Hilltoppers 10-2 in the first four minutes of the second quarter. The Lady Cavaliers continued the pressure by holding Central to just five points over the last four minutes of the quarter.
In the second half, East opened by outscoring the Lady Hilltoppers 10-2 as East's Tamara Blanton and Elgin hit back-to-back 3-pointers after Tia Bristol sank a pair free throws for Central.
Blanton and Dewberry connected from beyond the arc in the third for the Lady Cavaliers. Lydia Keener beat the quarter buzzer with another three to push the East lead to 70-27 after three quarters.
Central mounted a run to open the fourth as Twitty capped a 16-2 run to close the gap.
"We were worried about the press and we handled it well early," said Central head coach Darius Fuller. "Then it just got away from us. Overall, I think we played well though. We are still a young team."
Camp led all scorers with 29 points for the Lady Cavaliers while Twitty led Central with 28.