Better games ahead for Passaic Valley girls basketball
The Passaic Valley High girls basketball team is playing well in the early going this season, and head coach Marc Salvatore feels better games are still ahead.
The Hornets took a 4-5 mark into a home game with Fair Lawn on Jan. 10. On Jan. 13, Bergen Tech comes to Little Falls for a 7 p.m. game and on Jan. 14, it’s off to Cedar Grove for a 1:30 p.m. start. On Jan. 17, PV travels to Paterson Eastside at 7 p.m.
Last week, Passaic Valley won a key league game, defeating West Milford, 53-50, on Jan. 6, after losing to Wayne Valley, 51-38, on Jan. 3. On Jan. 7, the Hornets lost an out-of-conference game to Midland Park, 65-42.
Salvatore has seen a lot of good things from his team.
“We lost a tough game to Wayne Valley,” said Salvatore. “We had a bad first quarter, made too many mental mistakes and turnovers with the ball against their press. After that, our kids played even over the last three quarters. We kept our composure against the same pressure.”
Alexa Fitzgerald and Brittany Bove each had 12 points while Cat Cole and Rachel Sol scored seven a piece. Wayne Valley was led by Lexi Piotrowski, who scored 20 points.
Last Friday night, the Hornets rallied in the fourth quarter, on the road, to defeat West Milford.
“It was a close game throughout,” said Salvatore. “We played a great game in pressuring on defense, and offensively, as well. We were down three points, with a little under a minute when Cat Cole hit a pull up 3-point basket, from the top of the key to tie it. We turned them over and on the ensuing possession and scored to go up two, with about 25 seconds left.”
The Highlanders would close two within a point, but the Hornets won it as Cole nailed two clutch free throws, with five seconds left.
Bove was the high scorer for PV with 13 points while Cole had 11, Kayla Almendinger scored nine, Fitzgerald and Alyssa Sole had seven each, Sol scored four and Nicolette Abbondanza finished with two points.
A bad quarter hurt the Hornets in a loss to Midland Park last Saturday.
“We were doomed by one quarter, being outscored 20-3 in the second quarter,” said Salvatore. “When we play liked we’re capable of doing, we can beat some very good teams, like Wayne Hills. When we have lapses for a quarter, it’s hard to dig out of them. As we continue to watch film and correct those mistakes, we will be stronger as the year progresses and hopefully make the state tournament.”
Sole and Bove each had 16 points in the Midland Park game.
Salvatore is looking forward to the next few weeks of games.
“We are playing at a good speed and tempo,” the coach said. “Our defense and press are improving and that should mean better all around games. We’re getting some good looks and creating shots.”