WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — The Secaucus girls basketball team proved it was ready for prime time last month by winning the Joe Poli Holiday Tournament. But that was just the first of a long line of tests for the Hudson County Group 1 powerhouse.
January weekends will be the Patriots’ true regular-season measuring stick, a series of games against top-shelf competition aimed at toughening them up for what they hope will be some long tournament runs. And Saturday’s first step was rather impressive.
Seniors Julia McClure and Andie Lennon, one of the best one-two punches in North Jersey, combined for 41 points to lift the Patriots, No. 3 in The Record girls basketball Top 25, to a 65-52 victory over No. 4 Westwood.
The win stretched Secaucus’ season-opening winning streak to nine. The loss snapped Westwood’s eight-game winning streak. The 65 points were the most the Cardinals have allowed in Charles Collis’ three seasons as coach.