Thursday, February 17, 2005
By Susan Hall
It’s always nice to attend a basketball game that has a rivalry that goes back as far as one can remember. Collingswood and Haddonfield have been competing for the Colonial Conference title for quite some time now and this year would be no different. The first time these two teams met it was a three point victory for Collingswood in their home gymnasium. This time traveling to the conference leading Bulldogs’ territory, Collingswood would control the momentum throughout this battle between two excellent girl’s basketball programs. For the second time this season, the Panthers would hand Haddonfield their only two losses of the season to pull within one game of the leaders. A balanced attack led to Collingswood’s 41-34 victory.
Haddonfield was on a ten game winning streak before this game and their next two games would be against the teams chasing them in the conference. Sterling and Collingswood were out to prove they had the talents to capture the title for their schools. Only a few games separated them in the conference with less than three games remaining to their regular season schedule. Collingswood was on a nine game winning streak since their double digit loss to Sterling last month.
Persistence paid off for Collingswood early on as they opened up a four point lead after one quarter. The home crowd definitely did all they could do to cheer for the Haddonfield, but Collingswood kept to their game plan of working the ball around to the open player. Haly Crites, Katie Feeley and Ashlee Feldman wouldn’t finish the game in double figures, but their efforts were rewarded on the scoreboard. The close game continued until the final minutes with the Panthers holding onto the victory. Melissa Benedetti and Lauren Gregg both led Collingswood with 10 points apiece. Haddonfield was led by Carrie Biemer with 12 game high points.