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Westfield Girls Basketball versus Linden and Conference Final Standings 97apr3
Lady Devils Cagers Tame Tigers in Sectionals, 64-54
By DAVID B. CORBIN
The Blue Devils girls basketball team avenged an earlier season loss to Linden High School at the right time by knocking the Tigers out of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 tournament, 64-54, in Westfield on March 3.
Senior Amy Williams played a major role in the Blue Devils victory by sinking 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Westfield got out in front of the Tigers immediately and stayed out in front for the remainder of the game. With a 19-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Blue Devils increased their edge by the half, 34-23.
The lead stretched even more when Willians pumped in seven points to incite an 18-9 third quarter scoring run to put Westfield well-ahead of Linden, 52-32.
Not only did Williams have the Tigers spinning but sophomore Liz McKeon and senior Jen Kemps kept the momentum going by sinking 16 points and 14 points respectively. Vicki Nusse put in four points and Megan Devitt added three points while Nicole DeSantis, Tara Douglas and Katherine Ball had two points apiece for the Blue Devils.
"The last time we played Linden, we shot only 21 percent from the floor and they had a high shooting percentage in their 47-45 win," stated Westfield Head Coach Kathy Hauser. "We pressed them a lot more this time to cause more turnovers. Also, their three-point shooting was effective and we had to stop the outside shooting by getting a hand in their face."
"They out hustled us the last time and almost out hustled us again," added Hauser. "We had to hold them to only one shot at a time by getting the rebounds."
The Blue Devils collected 35 rebounds this time, led by McKeon and Williams who pulled in eight. Devitt grabbed seven rebounds followed by Nusse and Kemps who had four each. DeSantis added three rebounds and Douglas contributed one.
In addition to the high rebounding count, Westfield got devilish with the steals, swiping a total of 13 led by the chief thief, Kemps, who stole five.
When asked about her feelings about the next Section 2 game with Bloomfield, Hauser stated, "I believe they only have one loss. They have a great press and you will have to beat their press or they will beat you to the ground. Bloomfield is a well-coached team."
This was the first time in 15 years that the Westfield High School girls basketball team qualified for the states. The Blue Devils faced the second-seeded Bloomfield High School team on March 5.
WATCHUNG CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL FINAL STANDINGS
Shabazz 11-1 (.917)
Union Catholic 9-3 (.750)
Cranford 9-3 (.750)
Scotch Plains 7-5 (.583)
Rahway 6-6 (.500)
Kearny 0-12 (.000)
Elizabeth 12-0 (1.000)
Westfield 8-4 (.667)
Linden 7-5 (.583)
Union 6-6 (.500)
Plainfield 3-9 (.250)
Irvington 1-11 (.083)
East Side 1-11 (.083)
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