Lady Cavaliers extend winning streak
The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers faced a tough test Friday night as they traveled to Crest, but Rachel Camp led an incredibly efficient East Rutherford attack to a 91-75 road win to extend the team’s current winning streak to 17 games.
“This is a great group of girls,” East Rutherford head coach Larry Ross said. “They really love each other on and off the court. They’ve been a great group of girls to work with.”
East (18-2, 13-1 SMAC) went into halftime leading 42-40, but turned on the defensive pressure on the second half and slowly stretched its lead through the final 16 minutes.
“Our press has been very effective during this run causing turnovers and allowing us to score in transition,” Ross said.
A Tamara Blanton 3 gave East its biggest lead of the night at 17 points, 79-62, with four minutes left in the game.
Camp led all scorers with a career-high 49 points while Blanton posted 17 points, two shy of her career-best. Freshman Emily Elgin also finished in double digits with 11 points.
“Rachel [Camp] is playing real well right now and Tamara [Blanton] hit big shot after big shot,” Ross said. “ I told Rachel to be creative off the dribble and they were content in letting Tamara just shoot the 3. We’ll take that matchup any day. If she throws up 10 she’ll hit about five or six and I like those odds.”
Justina Greene also filled the stat sheet.
“Justina was outstanding with eight blocked shots, 10 rebounds and about six points and four or five steals in the press,” Ross said.
A’Diyah Ussery led Crest (16-4, 12-3 SMAC) with 30 points.
East Rutherford returns to action Monday night with a home game against county rival R-S Central set for 6 p.m.
at Crest High School
February, 7 2014
E. Rutherford^20^22^24^25 — 91
Crest^16^24^13^22 — 75
EAST RUTHERFORD (91)
Rachel Camp 47, Tamara Blanton 16, Emily Elgin 11, S. Dewberry 9, J. Greene 6, M. Hollifield 2.
A’Diyah Ussery 30, Caleia Jones 22, Serenity Crosby 10, A. Mintz 8, T. Hedspeth 2, M. Foster 2, M. Brooks 1.
Boys’ Game East Rutherford 71, Crest 62
East Rutherford needed a win Friday night over Crest to avoid a possible four-way tie for second place in the South Mountain Athletic Conference 2A/3A and got just what they needed with a 71-62 victory.
“The kids played tough all night,” East Rutherford head coach Brad LeVine said. “Crest is a good basketball team that plays hard. We’re on a good little run since our last loss.”
Crest (12-8, 8-5 SMAC) trailed by just two points at halftime and took a 33-31 lead just two minutes into the third quarter on a Justin Foster dunk.
The Crest lead stretched to 39-34 midway through the third quarter, but the Cavaliers (15-5, 11-3 SMAC) ramped up the tempo and outscored Crest 17-6 in the final 3:50 of the third quarter to go into the final frame with a 51-45 lead.
“We were playing at a pace that we aren’t good at. We we’re playing a slow game and we had to make the decision to speed the game up,” East Rutherford head coach Brad LeVine said. “We felt like that speed of a game would play to our advantage and it did.”
From that 3:50 mark in the third quarter, Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez paced the Cavs with 19 points the rest of the way.
East held off the Chargers the final eight minutes to remain in sole possession of second place.
Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez led the Cavaliers with a season-high 32 points and added seven rebounds and five assists. Devonte Boykins finished with 20 points and six assists while Trey Dawkins chipped in 9 points off the bench.
East Rutherford begins the final week of the regular season on Monday with a home matchup against R-S Central slated for 7:30 p.m.
“The kids have the right attitude at practice and it seems like we’re going in the right direction at the right time,” LeVine said. “I hope we keep playing hard.”
at Crest High School
February, 7 2014
E. Rutherford^19^12^20^20 — 71
Crest^15^14^16^17 — 62
EAST RUTHERFORD (71)
Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez 32, Devonte Boykins 20, T. Dawkins 9, S. Jackson 5, C. Camp 3, T. Carson 2.
Jerick Haynes 24, Justin Foster 20, P.J. Brooks 4, J. Brooks 4, L. Crocker 3, T. Dawkins 3, J. Wray 6.