This was the most anticipated game of the week: 13th seeded Saddle River Day versus 4th seeded Teaneck. The teams could not be more different... and yet, they are so much the same. Saddle River Day brings a roster laden of underclassmen (nine freshman, one sophomore, two juniors, and one senior). Teaneck is comprised of veteran upperclassmen (one freshman, one sophomore, four juniors, and four seniors). Both teams like to give full court pressure and strive on aggressiveness, contact, and speed.
After a week of injuries, Teaneck High School came ready to play. Kayla Gibbs dominated inside the paint. She had 16 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 3 steals, and 26 points. Teaneck led at the end of the first quarter, 17-11.
Saddle River Day's Izzy McMahon looked to hit from the outside and attack the basket to draw fouls. She finished with 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 15 points. Teaneck still had the lead at the half, 32-17.
Within the first few minutes of the second half Teaneck quickly added to their lead. However, half-way through, Saddle River Day began to chip away at the margin. With :20.3 left in the third quarter, Saddle River Day trained by only 8 points and Teaneck called time-out. Teaneck was able to score two more points before the end of the third, ending the quarter with a 43-33 lead.
Daniella McMahon is all over every loose ball. She never stops moving and uses her quick feet and strong hands to earn steals. She finished with 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 1 blocked shot, 3 assists, and 6 points.
After a made basket from Saddle River Day, Teaneck led 51-46 with 2:11 left in the game. Not realizing the inbound came after a made basket, the Teaneck player threw the basketball to the referee. The ball rolled away and Teaneck was called for a time violation for taking 5 seconds to inbound the ball. Saddle River Day inbounded the ball to Daniella McMahon who scored with 1:55 left, score 51-48.
Teaneck's Milan Johnson did a good job of bringing up the ball and is reliable at the foul line. She finished with 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 9 points.
With 1:35 left in the game, Brianna Tarabocchia scored, and Saddle River Day only trailed by 1 point, 51-50.
Saddle River Day's freshman starting center Jaide Hinds-Clarke and sixth man freshman Kayla Oge both had their hands full trying to guard the experienced junior center Kayla Gibbs. Hinds-Clarke earned 6 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals, and 6 points. Oge had 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and 11 points.
With 1:29 left Kayla Oge fouled out. With :33 left Teaneck had a 2 point lead, 55-53. Saddle River had no choice but to foul to stop the clock and Teaneck was in the double bonus.
Teaneck's Faith Asby and Bintou Berete did a great job on the press. Asby had 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, and 7 points. Berete had 2 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 assist, and 8 points.
For more pictures of the game visit Album Teaneck vs. SRD. Pictures taken by Khay'la Latimer and Emma Plutnicki.
Saddle River Day Stats
Izzy McMahon - 1 DR, 2 A, 3 S, 15 PTS (3/4 FL)
Jaide Hinds-Clarke - 4 DR, 2 OR, 1 B, 2 S, 6 PTS (0/1 FL)
Danielle McMahon - 4 OR, 8 DR, 6 S, 1 B, 3 A, 6 PTS
Carly Christofi - 1 S, 5 PTS (2/2 FL)
Brianna Tarabocchia - 2 DR, 1 A, 3 S, 8 PTS (4/7 FL)
Kayla Oge - 3 DR, 2 OR, 2 S, 1 A, 11 PTS (1/1 FL)
Kelly Hannigan - 1 S, 2 PTS
Teaneck High School Stats
Faith Ashby - 1 DR, 2 OR, 3 S, 1 A, 7 PTS (3/4 FL)
Kayla Gibbs - 11 DR, 5 OR, 2 B, 3 S, 26 PTS (4/6 FL)
Bintou Berete - 2 DR, 5 S, 1 A, 8 PTS (4/6 FL)
Sandi Pearson - 1 DR, 1 OR, 2 PTS
Milan Johnson - 3 DR, 1 S, 1 A, 9 PTS
Chauntel Seynour - 1 DR, 1 S, 2 PTS (2/6 FL)
Kalifah Foster - 1 DR, 1 OR, 1 S, 2 PTS (2/2 FL)
Amanda - 1 DR, 1 OR, 1 S, 3 PTS (3/4 FL)
DR = Defensive Rebound
OR = Offensive Rebound
S = Steals
A = Assists
B = Blocked Shots
PTS = Points (total points scored)
FL = Foul Line (amount made, amount taken)