The River Golden Hawks Varsity Girls Basketball Team(11-3, 3-0 Big North Patriot) faced off against the Ridgefield Park Scarlets(8-7, 3-1 Big North American) at River Dell High School in Oradell, New Jersey.
River Dell was coming off a 38-19 win over Mahwah that increased the Golden Hawks’ winning streak to seven games in a row.
In their previous games, the Golden Hawks followed a similar blueprint by jumping to a double-digit lead. Junior Sofia Sanchez paced the scoring output by tallying seven points as River Dell led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter.
River Dell Head Coach Lindsay Steffner on the matchup against Ridgefield Park, “I watched some film on Ridgefield Park and they had a nice win over Lyndhurst two days before. I told the team they had to play a great game because Ridgefield Park has a good defense and player in the middle that score inside and nice touch outside. I challenged the team to come out and protect home court.”
“Sofia(Sanchez) is a doing a great job offensively, she finds players and hitting her outside shots especially against the zone. She’s in that groove shooting right now.”
In the second quarter, the Scarlets managed to trim the Golden Hawks’ lead down to 22-13. However, River Dell ended the period on a solid note with a 7-0 spurt. Playing her first home game, sophomore Morgan Sconza came off the bench to score seven of her nine points on the night in the period. Senior Ari Rodriguez contributed four of her nine points in the game, including burying a triple.
“I was happy to get her in, and she adds a lot more depth, Head Coach Lindsay Steffner explained. “She has the experience, is confident, and is a great shooter. ”
In the third quarter, the Golden Hawks widened their advantage even further. Sofia Sanchez firing on all cylinders, dropped in seven additional points to finish with a game-high 14 points.
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