MORRISTOWN - The shot chart spoke a great deal about the outcome of the game and the shared smile the faces of the Morristown Central players said it all on Tuesday after the Green Rockets downed Lisbon 48-35 in NAC West Girls Basketball action.
The Green Rockets (2-2 NAC West, 3-3) collected a major portion of their points off strong finishes in transition and on the offensive boards while the Knights, despite playing their signature tenacious defense, were stymied by a volley of misses from the outside.
Jessica Geddes (19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals) and Taylor Piercey (14 points, 12 rebounds) led the Rockets at both ends of the court and Samantha Green rendered a high-energy outing as a perimeter defender with four points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Jordyn Tulley (5 rebounds) and Mackenzie Barse also scored four points. Liz Troiano (2 points) grabbed five rebounds and Makayla Roberts added a free throw.
This was a very big win for us. We havent beaten Lisbon in sometime and it shows how much the girls have improved, said MCS coach Rich Rupert after the contest where the Rockets did not allow LCS a three-pointer in the second half.
Finishing strong is where we have improved the most and in our confidence. The girls felt good about their chances of winning this game. And we are a young team, we are going to keep getting better.
The Rockets jumped out to an 8-1 lead but the Knights answered with 10 straight points on two three-pointers by Maddie Vine and two midrange connections by Alex Amo.
Jordyn Tulleys three created an 11-11 first quarter tie and the Rockets never trailed again.
Taylor Piercey scored her 14 points over the course of the second and third quarters where the Rockets gained a 27-13 edge. Jessica Geddes sank seven of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter for MCS and Beth Crowley went also went seven of 10 from the line to complete an 11-point effort for Lisbon.
Maddie Vine netted three first-half threes finishing with nine points. Alex Amo added five points, Jackie Sovie and Katie Sovie each added four and Hannah Robinson chipped in with two.
We hurried a lot of our shots tonight and werent patient enough to get good looks, said Lisbon coach Dick Marcellus.
The Morristown JVs secured a 32-22 win led by 10 points from Hailey Whitmarsh and Meghan Vollmer and six points from Logan Green. Sierra Dobbs netted eight points for Lisbon.