Lady Cavs outlast Bulldogs
The East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers overcame a sluggish first quarter and used a big run that extended for much of the second and third to put away a pesky Burns squad 47-37 Tuesday night.
The turnaround was keyed by Rachael Camp who scored 12 of her game-high 16 in the second half.
“Rachael got off to a slow start just like the rest of the team,” said coach Larry Ross. “I want her to be more of a team player so she probably won’t score as much as she could.”
The game began sloppily for both teams as East (10-2, 2-1 SMAC) and Burns turned the ball over on their first three trips down the floor.
The Lady Bulldogs were the first to find their rhythm as Breasha Carroll reeled off six straight points as Burns led 10-2 early.
Cassandra Allen answered with a 4-0 run of her own for East to cut the deficit to 10-6. Carroll netted four more points in the quarter however as the Lady Cavs trailed 14-8 after the first frame.
When Carroll left the game early in the second quarter due to a knee injury, East made their move.
Shay Dewberry got her hand in the passing lane on two consecutive possessions and converted the uncontested layup. By the time Emily Dotson drained a deep 3, the home team had grabbed their first lead of the game, 19-17. Rachael Camp then scored her first four points of the game in quick succession as East led 23-17 at the break.
East then opened the second half on a 5-0 run highlighted by Camp’s three-point play. That run continued thanks in large part to the Cavs defense that held the Lady Bulldogs to a single field goal midway through the quarter.
By that point the East advantage had grown to 30-20. Camp extended that lead with a driving layup and two foul shots. Burns finally broke the streak with a deep three by Brittany McMurry but the Lady Cavs still led 36-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Burns cut the deficit 38-31 on a 3 by Caitlyn Brown with 4:01 left but Camp restored order with a driving layup on the next trip down the floor Camp found Dewberry on a back-door cut moments later to push the lead back to double digits and Tiesha Allen sealed the game with a 3 as East pulled away for the 47-37 win.