Lady Cavs roll to semis
It was a good old-fashioned Camp meeting as Rachel Camp and the East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers defeated the visiting Burns Bulldogs 76-41 in their opening-round game of the SMAC Tournament.
The higher-seeded Cavaliers struggled early as Burns threatened to make it a real contest. Brittney McMurray led the first half charge for Burns by knocking down a couple of field goals including a long 3-pointer to give Burns a 5-4 lead.
Good ball movement and great hustle kept Burns close as they only trailed the Cavaliers 14-10 at the end of one.
“Slow to start,” East head coach Larry Ross said about his teams play in the first quarter, “Had to pick it up, I mean we were just going through the motions.”
That was not the case in the second quarter as Camp began to fire on all cylinders. On the first possession Camp tracked down a loose ball, stepped calmly behind the 3-point line and the route was officially on for the Cavaliers.
The pressing Cavaliers defense led by Justina Greene and Shay Dewberry clamped down on the Burns shooters holding them to one field goal the entire quarter.
Greene completely dominated the glass on both ends of the court, blocking four shots and altering countless others.
Ross had only praise for his defensive leader.
“Justina is probably one of the best shot blockers in the league. [Greene] is probably the leading rebounder in the league,” Ross said.
However, the night belonged to Camp who seemed to be unable to miss and led all scorers with 33. Camp seemed to hit every open player including one spectacular full-court pass to Tiesha Allen for an easy layup right before the half.
“Rachel she’s going to be Rachel… as she goes we go,” Ross said.
The third quarter began with the Cavaliers leading Burns 40-14.
Camp picked up right where she left off with two quick three’s and an assist to Cassandra Allen that pushed the lead to 50-18. Both teams went deep into their benches during the last quarter as the game had long been decided.
There was not much of a drop off for the Cavaliers as the subs finished up the action.
“Good team win… got to rest some legs and play everybody,” Ross stated.
Montana Hollifield and Emily Dotson got in on the scoring as the Cavaliers closed out the game 76-41.
“Looking forward to Playing R-S,” Coach Ross said after the game. “We should have beat them last time. Kind of gave them one at their place.”
East will face R-S Central in the semifinals Thursday night at Freedom. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.