In a win or go home situation, the Point Boro girls basketball team took to the court where they hosted #11 seeded Johnson. This was a big game for Point Boro; as they knew that it would take a team effort to walk away with the victory. This is exactly what happened as the Panthers got big contributions from Both Ally Lassen and Megan Hughes. However, the Panthers also took advantage of key plays from Devon Wondolowski, Carli Vertini, and Amy Bergquist. Point Boro would ultimately take this game by a score of 60-58.
Point Boro had to work hard for this victory. After the first quarter alone, the Panthers faced a 16-12 deficit. One of the major challenges for the Panthers in this game would be slowing down Stephanie Visconti. She sparked the Crusaders with 8 first quarter points. Visconti is a premier scorer and has had a great career playing in the Union County Confernce. Point Boro’s Megan Hughes also finished the quarter with 8 points herself. She and Visconti were each pivotal for their respected teams this evening. The best part of the NJSIAA playoffs is watching two scorers come together who normally do not meet in the regular season.
The second quarter would be just as exciting. Each team continued to fight for buckets. However, Johnson continued to use the scoring efforts of Visconti as well as Molly Panetta. Point Boro would trail Johnson 22-19 with 3:30 to go in the half as the Panthers continued to chip at the lead. However, the Crusaders would lead 30-23 at halftime.
Each team would continue to play a physical game as Johnson once again got out to a 44-38 lead in the third quarter. At this Point, the Panthers knew that they would need to put some points on the board. This is exactly what happened as they put all their pieces together and got some key contributions from Carli Vertrini and Devon Wondolwoski. Point Boro eventually made this a one point game as Wondolowski drove to the basket to make it a 46-45 game.
Megan Hughes went to the line with under a minute left in the game as Point Boro tried to hang on to a 54-52 lead. Johnson got the score down to a single point on a three-pointer before the Panthers were able to seal the game by a score of 60-58.
Watch Meg Hughes hit this Three-Pointer!
It was a key win for a very young team. “This was a big win for us, I have to give credit to the girls for never giving up”, Panther coach Dave Drew said after the game. He knew that it would be be a battle from the beginning with a tough Johnson team coming into their home gym.” Regardless of the 6-11 seed we knew we were getting a very good team”, Drew said. “It was going to be a battle we knew we did not want to stop playing “, Point Boro Junior Ally Lassen addressed.
The win gives the Panthers much confidence as they head to Jersey City to take on #3 seeded Lincoln.
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