Sunday, March 14, 2004
By Crystal Parker
Sometimes the way certain situations we are put in can be misleading to others, especially on a basketball court. It’s always a nice feeling knowing that what you set out to accomplish works like a charm. Others can view that same situation in a whole different concept. The Lady Bulldogs from Haddonfield had a lot on the line when they faced Chatham for the State Group 2 finals held at the Ritacco Center. Haddonfield needed a wake up call at the beginning of this girl’s basketball game as they found themselves down early. But that’s when the Bulldogs’ aggressive defense not only got them back in the game, but also captures the state title with a 48-35 victory over Chatham. Carrie Biemer was award the MVP trophy for Haddonfield during the post game celebrations.
It has been a very enjoyable season for all of the students at Haddonfield High School. The basketball programs for both the girls and boys have a lot to be proud about after capturing the Colonial Conference title to go along with their South Jersey Group 2 championship trophy. With a combined 40-0 record in league play and an impressive 45-3 overall regular season, those accomplishments had to be enough for the student body to talk about for quiet some time.
Haddonfield began this game slowly on defense, watching Chatham have their way during the first quarter. The Cougars, who were led by Julia Berger, ran off 18 points in the initial quarter and held a five point advantage at the start of the second quarter. From that point on, Haddonfield’s swarming defense completely disrupted and shut down Chatham’s chances to score to regain the lead at halftime. Outscoring their opponent 15-7 in the second quarter allow Haddonfield to hold a 28-25 advantage at the brake.
The Bulldogs’ dominance continued as Chatham was held to only 10 points during the entire second half. Neither team could get the ball to fall through the hoop during the third quarter as a combined 12 points was scored. What was amazing was the Cougars were held to just four points allowing Haddonfield to increase their lead to 36-29. The final eight minutes belonged to the Lady Bulldogs as they joined the boy’s team to be labeled as state champions. Haddonfield’s Carrie Biemer scored 19 points to lead all scorers in this game and Julie Sobolewski added 18 points. Chatham was led by Julia Berger who scored a team high 18 points.
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