Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Girls' basketball defeats PHS in finale
A day after their team party and senior celebration, Pennington's varsity girls' basketball team sent seniors Kristyn Green and Caitlin Herbert off on a winning note as the Red Raiders defeated Princeton High School by a score of 61-30.
A balanced attack combined with stingy defense ensured the team of its thirteenth win of the season. All ten players who played in the game scored points, led by Carly Rice's 18, Ayanna Johnson's 10, Christine Carugati's seven, Annie Brunner's five, and Kristyn Green's five. Marissa Tucci hit a three early on and that made things a bit easier on the offensive end of the court. Also scoring were Herbert, Tara McCracken, Olivia Mahony, and Devon Bergen.
Rice, Tucci, Brunner, and Carugati all had multiple assists, and Johnson grabbed 20 rebounds and blocked six shots. Brunner, Rice and Herbert had multiple steals, and Devon Bergen pulled five rebounds. Next year promises to be a good one for the team, which has already been making plans for off-season work.
Boys' basketball season ends with MCT loss to Ewing
Pennington gave number one seed Ewing High all it could handle tonight in front of a huge crowd at the Devils' Den before dropping its quarterfinal battle by a score of 71-63.
In what turned out to be their final game in a Pennington uniform, senior Isiah Taylor finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds; senior Elijah Wright blocked four shots, had seven rebounds, dished four assists, and scored 13 points; senior Marcellus Morris scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; and senior Andrew "Buddy" Gurick, playing his final high school game under his father's coaching, had a strong shooting night hitting two 3-pointers and going five for six from the floor for 12 points. Gurick also grabbed five rebounds. Junior Tyler Jones scored nine points and had five assists, and sophomore D.J. Rice came on late for Morris, who fouled out. Kevin Maley played the final few minutes, giving Elijah Wright (battling a flu bug) a chance to rest.
Pennington's season comes to a close following a great effort versus Ewing, who just might go on and win it all in the MCT. The Red Raiders have a Prep B title to enjoy for the third year in a row.