The River Dell Golden Hawks Varsity Girls Basketball Team (9-3, 4-0 Big North Patriot) squared off against the Pascack Hills Broncos (2-9, 0-4 Big North Patriot) at River Dell High School in Oradell, New Jersey.
River Dell was coming off a dominating 55-27 victory over Indian Hills, extending the Golden Hawks’ winning streak to five games. Junior Sofia Sanchez and Senior Gabby DeGroat each tallied ten points apiece.
The Golden Hawks led 5-4 with five and half minutes in the first quarter, then erupted for a 12-0 run the rest of the period. Sofia Sanchez again served as the primary messenger offense, registering ten points, and burying two trifectas.
River Dell Head Coach Lindsay Steffner on the team’s performance in the first quarter, “It’s fun to see, and there are years of hard work with this crew.” “I’m blessed that they’re an older group that understands how to play together, and they’ve been playing for a long time.” They fed off last year’s energy and wanted to be just as good, and it’s nice to see when it all comes together.
“I give Sofia (Sanchez) a lot of credit; the transition for any high school kid to change schools is a lot, and she wasn’t with us in the summer and had to learn a lot fast.” “She’s done a great job connecting with other players and able to fit on the court.” It takes a lot of effort and time on her part and the team, but when you see it mesh well, they enjoy each other on and off the court and seem like she’s been with us forever.
“You can tell she spent a lot of time in the gym and the court vision she has.” “I haven’t had a player with a good vision and ability to see and put that ball in transition and half court.”
Sofia Sanchez punctuated her outstanding offensive night in the second quarter, unleashing her third pearl of the game that widened the advantage to 24-6 over the Broncos.
With most of the starting players exiting, the game gave way to several Golden Hawks bench players seeing extensive court action.
Gabby DeGroat picked up where she left off in the Indian Hills game scoring seven of her nine points in the period. When the halftime rolled around, River Dell was comfortably 33-8.
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