Saturday, March 5, 2005
By Susan Hall
Getting to know an opponent sometimes has its advantages or disadvantages depending on which side of the court you are sitting on. Haddonfield and Collingswood girl’s basketball teams have built a seasonal rivalry. The two Colonial Conference teams met twice during the regular season and both times Collingswood found a way to defeat the conference leading Bulldogs. This time the two teams met on the basketball court at Rutgers-Camden University trying to determine who would advance to the finals of the South Jersey Group 2 bracket. Collingswood for the third time this season found a way to neutralize the successful Haddonfield offense and posted a 48-36 victory.
The first time these two teams met at Collingswood early during the regular season, the Panthers would a close game by three points. The second meeting between the two found Haddonfield losing on their court by a 41-34 margin. Haddonfield entered the post season as the number one seed in Group 2 with their opponent labeled as the fourth seeded. This game would come down to key plays being made during the second half to determine the outcome.
The two teams almost matched basket for basket during the opening quarter with Collingswood holding onto a two point lead. By the time the half ended, the Lady Panthers expanded on their lead and held a 26-21 lead at the break. But a third quarter power play by Collingswood held Haddonfield to just five points which proved to be the difference in this semifinals game. Ashlee Feldman finished the game for Collingswood with a game high 17 points and Haly Crities added 13. Haddonfield was led by Ryanne Donnellon who scored 13 points and Carrie Biemer ended the game with 12 points.