Saturday, January 31, 2004
By Crystal Parker
With the last day of January upon us, many teams were looking to find those much-needed wins in order to make it to the playoffs. Most teams have to play as if it is the last day of their season to find that extra gear that will speed them into the post season. For the Red Devils from Rancocas Valley, it would be a tough test to rebound from their 11-point loss during their last game on their own court. Camden Catholic has been very successful with Kelly Killion’s scoring ability, and now they have a dominant presence in the middle with sophomore Rashidat Junaid. The two would combine for 36 of the Irish’s points handing Rancocas Valley a 68-31 defeat in a non-league competition.
At the beginning of this game, there were those who had already seen what Junaid could do with her height and scoring ability inside the paint. Winning the opening tip-off was only the beginning for this sophomore who has been labeled as the missing link to push them to the “states”. Killion would open the game with a 3-pointer and Junaid’s layout to jump ahead 5-2. Rancocas Valley would tie the score on Dickerson’s basket, but the Irish would go on a 13-0 run to pull ahead eventually ended the quarter ahead 20-7. The Irish’s full court pressure forcing turnovers was the difference during their first half as they rolled to a 32-13 halftime advantage.
Rancocas Valley would begin to move the ball inside with Alandra Dickerson who finished with a team high 14 points. The Irish would tighten its defense during the final eight minutes of the game as Junaid blocked shots, rebounded and scored at will. Kelly Killion connected three times from behind the three point arch and finished with 18 points. Rashidat Junaid also added a team high 18 points for Camden Catholic who are now riding a five game winning streak.
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