Milburn, NJ- In the first game of a double header, the lady Millers set the tone early in a 54-22 win as they shut down the Lancer offense. The boys team followed the girls and kept the momentum as they won their game as well. The girls had a balanced scoring attack, with no one hitting double figures. Rachel Hubertus and Amelia Chen paved the way with 8 points apiece, while Gina Saggio and Kayla Wolf chipped in 7 each. Ashley Reuter led the Lancers scoring with 8 points.
The game couldn’t have started better for Millburn, as Angie Saggio scored 4 of her 6 points in the opening minute. They ran off with a 8-0 lead before Livingston’s Coach Buddy Wolfe was assessed a technical foul. The Millers defense was forcing the Lancers outside the whole game, as A.J. Dansky, the leading scorer for Livingston coming into today, couldn’t find the bottom of the basket on several 3 point attempts. The Millers got off to this solid start without Hubertus scoring. She struggled from the field in the first quarter as she often went to her post game and Livingston double teamed her, resulting in bad shots. The Lancers didn’t end up scoring until Kayla Parsons hit a mid-range jump shot and the quarter ended at a 12-4 advantage for Millburn.
The second quarter was even better for the Millers, and they went on to outscore Livingston 17-4. Leila Dean Stansberry, who is Millburn’s leading scorer and only a sophomore, was held to a point in the first quarter and she responded out of the gate with a 3 pointer in the beginning of the period. The Millers showed how deep of a team they are, with no player scoring over 3 points in the quarter, and seven players scored. The Millers once again were bullies on defense, especially down in the paint with Hubertus and Ally Langendorff blocking shots continuously. Livingston’s biggest player, Desi Brower was significantly outmatched by the Millburn frontcourt and size was the biggest reason. Brower came into the game averaging 9 rebounds per game and only got 4 tonight. Millburn was getting multiple offensive rebounds on some possessions, highlighted by a possession where Millburn got five chances to score. Livingston can’t expect to win against anyone if that happens. Millburn led 29-8 at the break.
Everyone in the building knew the game was out of reach at halftime, so Millburn put their bench players in for the second half. They did a great job of keeping of the momentum, considering Livingston’s starters were still in the game. Amelia Chen broke out in the second half, as the lefty knocked down two 3 pointers and a deep 2 pointer. Hubertus who only had 2 points at the half scored 6 in the third quarter as she relied on her mid-range jumper rather than posting up. Peri Lamkin and Kate Madrawski were also energy players off the bench as each added many steals to the very high Millburn total. The Millers came into today averaging 12.3 turnovers forced per game and after today’s effort, that number must’ve jumped. Jeryl Witherspoon also contributed off the bench and although she didn’t accumulate any offensive stats, she racked up steals, blocks and rebounds.
Overall, Millburn looks like a team that can make a deep run when county and state tournaments came around. They advanced to 10-2 today and Livingston dropped to 0-11. Millburn’s next game is at a 10-2 Cedar Grove team in what should be an interesting game.