Neil Barris | The Jersey Journal: Weehawken’s Anna Lentini (3) dribbles the ball during the first round of the NJSIAA girls basketball tournament game against Weequahic, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Weequahic High School. Weequahic won 60-27.
By Yueh Ho | The Jersey Journal The Jersey Journal
NEWARK – -Sometimes, no matter how much drive a team shows, there is just no substitute for experience.
Just as the six-foot-four Amatullah Johnson was about a foot taller than everyone on the Weehawken roster, Weequahic towered over the Indians in both fundamentals and chemistry. Weehawken fell in the first round of the North 2, Group 1 tournament at Weequahic yesterday, 60-27.
“We’re young, so we struggle at times with consistency. The girls were just a bit outmatched today. We have some young girls who have some promise but today was just too much for us to handle,” Weehawken head coach Chris Hernandez said. “We have zero seniors. We start five sophomores, we have one junior that plays and everyone else is a sophomore or freshman.”
Weehawken (13-14) fell behind early and the lead grew larger as the game went on.
Most notably, Weequahic (10-12) went on an 11-0 run at the end of the second quarter into the beginning of the third to effectively put the game out of reach at 30-13.
The biggest challenge facing Weehawken was Johnson, Weequahic’s imposing center. She used her height to dominate both offensively and defensively. She ended the day with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.