Brick Township Girls Basketball is a young team with players who are passionate about the game of basketball. The team took strides last season as they won five games including a 32-27 victory over Central Regional at home. On Friday, the Lady Dragons opened the 2017-2018 season scoring a 53-34 victory over Central Regional.
With the new season here, Brick Township knew they made significant strides the season before. That momentum was clearly visible in their first game as they opened the game on a 15-0 run.
Coming into the season, Kendall Stadelberger, Dani Christ, and Angelina Jones were all anticipated to lead the Brick offense. Both Stadelberger and Jones led the game with 18 points each. Dani Christ added 12 Points as they were the top three scorers in the game. Defensively, Brielle Dutka had four blocks in the first half and held Central to just two points in the first quarter. This gave the Dragons momentum early in the game. It is also worth noting that Angelina Jones showed her shooting range knocking down four three-pointers in the game.
For Central Regional it was Allie Bentley who led the way for the Golden Eagles with 11 points. Mercedes Corban got Central on the board after the 15-0 Brick Township run.
“I think my teammates all trust one another in certain aspects of the game,” Jones said. “I believe they all trust me and my judgment when it comes to hitting a three-pointer. There are times when I could be totally off and other times I am just on. Tonight, I happened to be on. Once I hit the first three-pointer, the trust was able to go up from there,” Jones explained.
After Friday’s game, Angelina was quite content with the way she and her teammates opened up the season.
” I think we played exceptionally well,” Jones said. “We played as a team and communicated much better”.
Momentum-wise, Jones explained how the team’s hard work ethic played a huge part in Friday’s win. “That win was a prime example of us practicing six days a week. It really pays off in the end,” Jones mentioned. Last season, Angelina Jones set a program record of 49 three pointers – something that has certainly given her momentum coming into this season.
After winning their first season opener in over ten years, Coach Kevin Stockhoff talked about the progress his team has made.
“For us last season, it was all about learning how to compete. Now we are looking for respect not only in A South but in the Shore Conference as well,” Stockhoff explained.
Coach Stockhoff also talked about his team’s tenacious defense and how that led to points in transition.
“We are going to take a lot of pride in our defense this year,” Stockhoff said. “Christ, Jones, and Stadelberger all had transition buckets which resulted from good defense”.
Furthermore, Coach Stockhoff addressed the defense of Senior Brielle Dutka and how she is an asset to the team. “Brielle was able to come off the bench and give us quality minutes. She is scratching the surface of being a starter and has given four years of dedication to this program. Her ability to block shots gives us a lot of momentum and creates opportunities for us,” Stockhoff explained.
For Brick Township, the goal of this game was to come out and attack the basket. “In the beginning of the game, our mentality was we were attacking. We were able to press them and play man and that created turnovers. Jones did a great job of running in transition and getting to the spots to knock down shots,” Stockhoff said.
For the Dragons, the goal will be to take this momentum and continue to battle every game. Brick Township will be in action again on Monday as they take on the Jaguars of Jackson Memorial in another A South battle.