Camp eclipses 3,000 points in victory
The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed but had to fight through a sluggish first quarter to down No. 29 Draughn, 60-44, Monday night at East Rutherford.
However, the big story of the night wasn’t the win, it was senior guard Rachel Camp surpassing 3,000 career points. She entered the night needing just 11 points to reach the milestone. A pair of free throws put her over the mark and into the Rutherford County record books.
“I really wasn’t nervous or even thinking about it tonight,” Camp said. “I was a lot more nervous when I got 1,000 than I was tonight.”
Draughn (11-14) opened the contest on the offensive outscoring East Rutherford (21-2) 9-3 in the first five minutes.
“The lack of playing over the last couple weeks hurt us, we just couldn’t stay sharp.” Ross said. “We were rusty and it showed. ”
An Emily Elgin 3 with 2:12 sparked an 8-0 run over the next minute to put the Lady Cavs on top, 11-9.
Draughn continued to handle the East Rutherford press with poine and took a 13-11 lead into the second quarter on an Abi Norris jumper at the buzzer.
Camp scored seven points in the quarter.
Camp closed in on 3,000 early in the second quarter when a layup and a foul put her at 2,999 with 5:29 left in the half.
The wait for history had to wait 1:35 seconds when Camp was sent to the foul line with 3:54 left until halftime.
With the crowd holding its breath, Camp sunk her first free throw prompting a relieved fist-pump from Ross and a collective sigh of relief from Cavalier fans. Her second shot fell as well to give her 3,0001 career points and her team a 21-15 lead.
“I had no idea when it happened,” Camp said. “I don’t keep track of how many points of scored because I eventually lose count.
“But even if I didn’t get (3,000) I would still feel good about my high school career.”
“She walked through these doors her freshman year and had to be a star,” Ross said. “She just embraced it. Having to face double-teams throughout her entire career and still make that mark is amazing..”
The Lady Cavaliers continued their offensive assault with 3-pointers from both Camp and Raven Gray to to extend its lead to 33-19 at the half holding Draughn to just 6 points in the frame.Camp alone scored 10 in the quarter and 17 in the half.
“Once we got some floor time we found our rhythm,” Ross said.
The East Rutherford defense held the Lady Wildcats to single digits once again in the third quarter (nine points).
A Camp 3-pointer put East up 43-23 with 3:30 left in the quarter and Gray knocked down another 3 off the bench to put East on top 52-28 heading to the fourth quarter.
“Raven Gray (six points) and Abby Smith (six points) both did an amazing job for us tonight off the bench,” Ross said. “We put them in for their tough defense and to get both of them to hit a couple 3s is a big bonus.”
The final quarter was mainly uneventful for East Rutherford until Justina Greene was hit with a technical foul with 1:32 left in the game. Referees said she threw an elbow while a Draughn defender was in the act of fouling her. Initially, Greene was ejected from the game, but Ross discussed it with the officials and the punishment was downgraded to a disqualification.
If it stood as an ejection, Green would be disqualified for the next two rounds of the playoffs.
“If I hadn’t jumped out there she would have been ejected,” Ross said. “ I said to the referee, ‘Please don’t do that. This is the playoffs.’ She said she would just disqualify her and I’ll gladly take that instead.”
East Rutherford held on for the 60-44 victory despite scoring just eight points in the final frame.
Camp led all scorers with 27 while Abby Robinson led Draughn with 16.
East Rutherford now awaits the winner of Thomasville/Madison for its second-round matchup. The Lady Cavaliers will host the game Wednesday night.
“We need to get in a good practice Tuesday once we figure out who we play, but I’m feeling pretty good,” Ross said.
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
at East Rutherford High School
February 24, 2014
E. Rutherford^11^22^19^8 -- 60
Draughn^13^6^9^16 -- 44
EAST RUTHERFORD (66)
Rachel Camp 27, Blanton 7, Gray 6, Smith 6, Greene 6, Elgin 4, Griffin 2, Dewberry 2.
Abby Robinson 16, C. Robinson 7, Buruato 7, McKenzie 7, Norris 2, Brown 2, Bradshaw 2