DWIGHT – Earlier this season, the Gardner-South Wilmington and Newark girls basketball teams met with the Lady Norse scoring a 48-point victory (62-14).
On Wednesday night in Dwight, the two met again at the girls basketball Class 1A Dwight Regional with a similar result. Only this time it was a slight bit closer with Newark beating the Panthers, 46-17.
So, was it so similar?
“Yeah it was, but we scored a little bit more the last time, but I think we came out flat tonight,” Newark coach Brian Holman said. “They tried to spread the floor and packed the zone. It was the style they played. They secured the ball a little bit better and we were jumpy at the beginning, which I figured we would be. Once we made some adjustments at half, came out and made some threes, then spread them out, we took control.”
Newark led just 7-4 at the end of the first quarter.
“Our game plan was to slow them down a little bit and we did that in the first quarter, but after a while our passes got sloppy and they capitalized,” GSW coach Adam Leigh said. “We just didn’t take care of the ball very well.”
Especially once Newark started pressing.
“It was good to see us take care of the ball and it was good to see the press get going. I thought our press worked pretty well,” Holman said. “That’s what we were looking to do. We had to weather the storm there in the first half and we did. It’s just a matter of us coming out and getting the experience, which we did.”
Leigh admits the Newark press was the difference.
“We didn’t handle their press real well. I think the girls got scared,” he said. “[Newark is] quick and they play good defense. We’d either turn the ball over, then we missed baskets, they went down and make it.”
Newark led 21-6 at halftime and 42-15 after three.
GSW finishes the season with a 11-15 record while Newark improves to 21-6.
Jasmine Mitchell led all scorers on the night with 10 points for Newark while teammates Rachel Lape and Nicole Lawrence added nine each. GSW was led by Lexi Posing. She ended with six points.