By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ewing – Sometimes, you just know it’s your day.
The Lions end their season with an 18-8 record. The Pioneers improved to 18-9 overall, and advance to face Montclair State on Friday night in the NJAC women’s basketball tournament championship game at Montclair.
Borova had 48 points in the game. She nearly had 50 points in the game, as she shot a basket that went in, as her coach Erin Monahan called a timeout.
“I always hate that the All-Conference stuff is announced today, I think it’s awful timing,” said Lions head coach Dawn Henderson. “She considers herself Player of the Year and when she found out she wasn’t, I was very concerned.”
After the 2-point jump shot went through the net, the referees waived off the would-be 50th point. Pioneers head coach Erin Monahan called the timeout to take Borova out of the game to give her the recognition for her historic night.
“Our goal was keep her at her average (21.4 points per game), not double it,” said Lions guard Tiffany DeTulio.
The 48 points were the most points ever scored at Packer Hall. The previous high was by former Lions player Hillary Klimowicz, who scored 35 points on January 24th, 2009.
Borova nearly outscored Klimowicz’s record alone in the second half. She scored 34 of her 48 points in the second half alone.
The loss also ended the Lions career for Liz West, Kelly Roddy, Colleen Duffy, and DeTulio. DeTulio and West have been teammates since their freshman year, while Roddy and Duffy transferred into the Lions program their sophomore years.
“I’m not crying because we lost, I’m crying because I am not ready to say goodbye to them, they’re very special kids, they make my job easy,” said Henderson. “I’ve been coach of the year because they’ve made my job easy. They demand a lot of themselves and they demand a lot of each other,”
The Lions could only muster getting within 2 points in the second half after trailing by a lot in the second half. Kelly Coughlin scored a three-pointer to make the score 68-66, before Borova went on a 6-0 by herself to increase the score to 74-66.
The Lions were down as much as 11 points early in the second half. Borova made a three-pointer to make the score 54-43.
Besides Borova’s big game, the Pioneers had others chip in. Dana Jeter scored 16 points, while Brittany Harden had 9 points. Kristine Jackiewicz and Ashley Marfo scored 3 points apiece and Maya Harris had two points.
The Pioneers led 39-36 at halftime. Jeter made a free throw with seconds left to stop a 6-0 run for the Lions.
With a minute left in the first half, the Lions trailed 38-30 when Jeter made a three-point basket. Then, Lions forward/center Jessica Goldbach started the comeback with a 2-point basket to make it 38-32.
Lions senior guard DeTulio scored a 2-point basket to make it 38-34. Then, Lions sophomore guard Angelica Esposito got the Lions within 2 points with the score 38-36, before Jeter scored the free throw to put the Pioneers up 3-points.
Twice in the first half, the Lions trailed by 10 points. The score was 28-18 when Pioneers sophomore guard Harden scored a 2-point basket. The score was also 30-20 when Borova scored a 2-point basket, as well.
The Lions led only once in the first half. That was when DeTulio scored a 2-point basket to make the score 4-2. The game was also tied at 2-2 and 4-4, before the Pioneers built their lead for the rest of the first half.
The Lions attack were led by four players with 10 points apiece, including Kylie O’Donnell, DeTulio, Goldbach and Coughlin. Roddy scored 9 points and Esposito added 7 points.
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