Passaic Valley girls basketball wins two of three
The holiday season provided plenty of athletic events for the Passaic Valley High School teams.
The girls basketball team hosted its annual tournament last week, and won two of three, defeating Dwight Morrow, 50-45 and Bergenfield, 47-18, before losing to Cresskill, 50-29 to conclude the 3-day event.
Head coach Marc Salvatore’s team took a 3-3 record into a game at Wayne Valley on Jan. 3. On Jan. 6, the Hornets have a 7 p.m. game at West Milford and a day later, it’s off to Midland Park for an 11:30 a.m. start. On Jan. 10, PV is host to Fair Lawn, at 4 p.m.
Versus Dwight Morrow on Dec. 27, PV was led by Cat Cole’s 13 points, as well as 12 by Kayla Allmendinger and 10 by Alyssa Sole. Alexa Fitzgerald had nine points and Brittany Bove finished with six to round out PV’s scoring.
The Hornets trailed 17-14 after one quarter and 36-25 at the half, but PV dominated the final 16 minutes, outscoring Dwight Morrow, 25-9 over the final two quarters to win by five points.
Day two of the tourney was held on Dec. 28, and the Hornets used the momentum of a nice come-from-behind win to defeat Bergenfield. A tough PV defense was the difference, as the Hornets opened a 27-11 halftime lead.
Allmendinger and Sole led a balanced scoring attack with nine points each while Cole and Rachel Sol had six points apiece. Jaylynn Torres and Fitzgerald had five points each, Nicolette Abbondanza had four points and Olivia Ugliarolo scored three.
In the game against Cresskill on Dec. 30, PV fell behind early and could never get into a groove.
The PV ice hockey team has been playing very well this season. The team recorded a pair of wins over the holidays, defeating Mount Olive, 4-2, on Dec. 26 and Montville, 7-3, a day later, wit both games played at the Ice Vault Arena.
Head coach Mike Sheehan’s team was 8-4 heading into a Jan. 6 game against Clifton, at Floyd Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Jan. 8, the Hornets head to the Prudential Center, in Newark, which, of course, is the home of the New Jersey Devils, for a 3 p.m. face off against Pascack Valley.
The Hornets have been playing tremendous hockey all season long and that continued last week, as the team won two more and entered January with five wins in its last six games.
Versus Mount Olive, Ryan Humes scored a pair of goals and added an assist while Dan Lapinski scored once and had two assists and Alex LoPresti had a goal for the Hornets. Nick DiNardo was outstanding in the net, with 16 saves.
In the win over Montville, Humes recorded a hat trick while Nick LoPresti scored twice and Alex LoPresti and Shane McGuire had a goal each. Lapinski had four assists in the game and Noah Vazquez handled the goaltending duties, with 23 saves.
Sheehan was looking forward to taking his team to the Prudential Center this Sunday.
“The kids are looking forward to playing there,” said Sheehan. “It should be a nice atmosphere.”
It was a tough week for the PV boys’ basketball team, which lost two games at the Jack Reilly Holiday Tournament, in Ft. Lee. Head coach Jim Holsworth’s team took a 1-4 record into a home game against Wayne Valley on Jan. 3. The Hornets will stay home to play West Milford on Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 10, PV visits Fair Lawn, also at 7 p.m.
Passaic Valley lost to Ft. Lee in the first round of the tournament on Dec. 26, 54-47. The Hornets led, 45-40, after three quarters, but the team struggled again in the fourth quarter, scoring just two points. Tito Ramirez lead the Hornets with 19 points. While PV has a solid starting lineup, the team is still trying to build depth off the bench.
The Hornets lost to Tenafly on Dec. 30, 57-35.