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Midland Park defeated Saddle River Day

Saddle River Day vs Midland Park
Saddle River Day vs Midland Park
Reggie Malz

Midland Park defeated Saddle River Day, 60-56, in high school girls' basketball. This earned them a 1st place tie for the NJIC Patriot Division (league). Saddle River Day defeated Midland Park once earlier in the season.

Izzy McMahon vs Rebecca Rabeiro
Reggie Malz

Senior center Nicole Cartaino explained that since the first time they played Saddle River Day, "we worked on our hedging with screens mostly. We know that Izzy (McMahon, senior point guard for Saddle River Day) comes off tons of screens very well. This gets her open for shots so that is mostly what we worked on defending."

There is no better point guard on point guard match-up in Bergen County than Rebecca Rabeiro (MP) and Izzy McMahon (SRD). They both have impressive speed and strength. They have long-range three-point shots and can attack the basket. They also have great court vision and can get the ball where it needs to go. When they match up in man-to-man it is exciting and fun to watch.

Quarter Scores

  • Q1: 16-14, Midland Park
  • Q2: 34-25, Saddle River Day
  • Q3: 46-41, Saddle River Day

After falling in score to Saddle River Day in the second quarter, Midland Park returned to the court with a new defensive game plan in the second half. They played an aggressive trapping diamond and one zone. Rebecca Rabeiro had only 6 points in the first half, but came alive in the second half and finished with 36 points.

"Our next focus is on states. We are looking to try and get just as far as we did last year and maybe even farther," said Cartaino. Midland Park is seeded first for the state tournament, which begins on March 3, 2014.

Midland Park Points

  • Thalia Ghalam 5
  • Rebecca Rabeiro 36
  • Nicole Cartaino 6
  • Julie Carey 3
  • Amanda Parker 4
  • Veronica Pantale 6

Saddle River Day Points

  • Kayla Oge 6
  • Carly Christofi 10
  • Izzy McMahon 16
  • Cassy Cruz 2
  • Dani McMahon 10
  • Kelly Hannigan 4
  • Danielle Deoul 8