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Northern Burlington Defeats Gloucester In Cougar Classic

Monday, January 19, 2004

By Crystal Parker
SJSports Staff Writer

On a day when the birthday of one of the greatest civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was recognized, the Greyhounds from Northern Burlington were the ones celebrating their efforts against Gloucester City during the Cherry Hill East’s Cougar girl’s basketball classic. Looking to start up another winning streak, the Greyhounds would control this game early behind the shooting of Erin Walton and the entire defense. Erin Walton would score a game high 21 points helping Northern Burlington to cruise to a 57-36 victory.

Both of these teams had their mini-winning streak snapped before their match-up in the Cougar Classic girl’s basketball competition. Gloucester had won three games in a row before losing big to Wildwood at home. Northern Burlington also had their three game winning streak ended with a ten point loss to Holy Cross. The Greyhounds were currently holding onto second place in the Burlington County Liberty Division behind Willingboro and in front of Holy Cross. Gloucester still has a bit of work to do as they are in the middle of the pack in the Tri-County Conference Classic Division.

During the first half, the Greyhounds behind Kourtney Gibbs running the offense, got her team in position to score points inside. It was quite evident Northern Burlington took control of this game early from the free throw line and on the boards. After posting a six-point lead after one quarter, Erin Walton set the tone for the rest of the game. Outscoring their opponent 29-14 through the second and third quarters, the Greyhounds would maintain their twenty-one point lead all the way to the final buzzer. Erin Walton finished with a game high 21 points and Jaime Walton added 10 points for Northern Burlington. Melissa Whitten completed the game with 10 points for Gloucester City.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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