ENGLEWOOD – An impressive first quarter put Secaucus on track to a 70-54 road victory, but it was a night of celebration for Dwight-Englewood and senior guard Stella Mayer.
Entering Friday’s season opener, Mayer was four points short of the 1,000-point career milestone.
“Ending the season so close to that mark really kept me motivated in the off-season, so it’s a really good feeling to hit it,” Mayer said. “I wanted to get it out of the way early so we could put all our focus into winning the game. Even with the result, we did much better in the last three quarters.”
The Bulldogs were done in early by Secaucus’ defense and sharp outside shooting and trailed, 23-5, after the first quarter. The Patriots executed their game plan flawlessly, focusing on their full-court press.
“Unless we’re up 20 [points], we use our full-court press because the pace works better for us,” said Secaucus coach John Sterling. “If we try to play a slower, half-court offense, we would be outsized.”
Secaucus’ guard play was the game changer, as Dwight-Englewood had no answers for Kristina Ulrich (18 points, two assists) and Andie Lennon (21 points, three assists).
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