When senior starting point guard Jess Potestivo went down in last weekend's game everyone prayed she would be back in action that week. Finding out on that following Monday that she tore both her ACL and her meniscus was devastating news to both her and her team. People who had been waiting for the match-up between Potestivo and senior starting point guard Rebecca Rabeiro (Midland Park) began predicting that Midland Park would cake walk to the third round. Westwood proved everyone wrong.
Starting sophomore center, Jaide Hinds-Clarke, who transferred to Westwood this year from Saddle River Day, explained, "My team has a lot of heart and with our point guard Jess out, we have to play with even more heart. A lot of teams are playing to be the best, but our team is playing for Jess. If we play with the same intensity and heart as today, I think we'll be in good shape."
Hinds-Clarke picked up two fouls early in the first half and went to the bench. With both their injured point guard and center on the bench, Westwood's starting freshman Samantha McClutchy stepped up in a big way for Westwood. She confidently brought up the ball in Potestivo's absence. She distributed, attacked the basket, and played strong defense. She finished with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 17 points.
Westwood led at the end of the first quarter, 14-13. Midland Park's Nicole Cartaino was the main force that kept her team in the game. She could not be stopped. She found a variety of ways to score from inside and also came out to hit a three pointer. She shot off the dribble and worked for rebounds. She finished with 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and 20 points. At the half time, Westwood led 27-20.
"Since my injury, I've stepped into more of a coach's role. I give a lot more criticism and advice before games, during games, and at practice. But in some ways, my leadership has stayed the same. In the same way a point guard on the court dictates the offense, setting other people up to score, I've been trying to let go of my frustrations about my injury and just try to focus on my teammates and how I can make them better [through verbal advice]," shared Potestivo.
Emily Molk also contributed to playing the point position. She has good speed. She had 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 11 points. Hinds-Clarke returned to the game in the second half. She had 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, and 10 points.
Midland Park's Rebecca Rabeiro had a few nice step-back three point shots. She finished with 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 17 points. Westwood's Rachel Mosca was deadly from the outside. She had 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 13 points. Westwood led at the end of the third quarter, 44-35.
Westwood will take on Immaculate Conception in the next round.
Midland Park Stats
Rebecca Rabeiro - 2 DR, 4 S, 3 A, 17 PTS (3/5 FL)
Nicole Cartaino - 3 DR, 4 OR, 1 S, 20 PTS (1/2 FL)
Veronica Pantale - 1 DR, 2 OR, 1 S, 1 A, 2 PTS (0/2 FL)
Amanda Parker - 3 DR, 1 S, 8 PTS
Thalia Ghalam - 5 DR, 3 OR, 2 S, 1 B, 8 PTS (4/10 FL)
Julie Carey - 1 DR, 2 PTS (0/1 FL)
Samantha McClutchy - 5 DR, 1 OR, 3 A, 1 S, 17 PTS (7/9 FL)
Rachel Mosca - 2 DR, 1 OR, 2 S, 2 A, 13 PTS
Jaide Hinds-Clarke - 4 DR, 3 OR, 3 S, 1 A, 10 PTS
Emily Molk - 6 DR, 2 OR, 2 S, 2 A, 11 PTS (1/4 FL)
Noelle Cobin - 2 DR, 2 OR, 2 A, 3 S, 6 PTS
Amanda Sonntag - 1 DR, 1 OR, 2 PTS (0/1 FL)
Miranda Boes - 2 PTS
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)