Monday, February 27, 2006
By Susan Hall
A new season began today with the start of the first round of the group basketball playoffs. The sixth seeded Lady Pirates from Cinnaminson were hosting eleventh seeded Pt. Pleasant Boro in a South Jersey Group 2 girls' basketball game. As expected, the level of play is at a higher level knowing what's at stake. Both of these teams would struggle a bit during the first half, but it would be the second half when the game finally began. Cinnaminson would erase a six point deficit and held a one point lead during the final seconds. A desperation three point shot by the Panthers would bounce off the rim and Cinnaminson would advance to the next round with their 49-48 victory. Top seeded Haddonfield will be their next opponent.
Cinnaminson would be working on achieving another award for their school’s trophy case. The Lady Pirates claimed the Burlington County League Patriot Division title and they were looking for more. The Pirates would jump out to the early lead during the first quarter, but the Panthers would work their way back and lead at halftime by an 18-17 score. A nineteen point third quarter by Pt. Pleasant appeared as if Cinnaminson’s momentum had gone away. But just as they have down throughout the regular season, the Pirates rallied during the final quarter to regain their momentum. Pt. Pleasant Boro would have a chance to win this game as the clock expired, but Cinnaminson would watch that shot come up short. Danielle Pokusa finished the game with a team high 14 points, Erin Fitzpatrick added 10 and Jaime Welcher also added 10 points for Cinnaminson. The Panthers were led by Cory Boyd who finished the game with 15 points and Kayty Grissler dropped in 12 points.