BY MATTHEW MANGAM
The girls basketball team defeated Perth Amboy at home 59-35 on Senior Night. Junior Leena Tran led the team with 16 points and the three seniors combined for 26 points.
Teammates and fans honored the seniors with banners, speeches and a brief ceremony with their families. “It was a great night from start to finish,” said Head Coach Alec Alspach. “We had the opportunity to honor a special group of seniors, have our middle school and youth basketball players in the gym play well, and get the win.”
Behind their senior leadership, the Knights are having a positive season, boasting a strong record of 10-4 overall and 9-3 in their division so far. Other than Senior Night, highlights this season include season sweeps of division rivals East Brunswick and Perth Amboy and a hard-fought win over South Brunswick.
Senior Captain Payton Alcorn netted 11 points on Senior Night. “The team executed the game plan well, which led to the win,” said Alcorn. “It’s important when a part of a team to think about others, and that communication is key.” Alcorn leads the team with 28 of the team’s 42 three-pointers this season.
Senior Lauren Rosenberg lettered Sophomore year and has played varsity ever since. “The team played a great game, with everyone working tirelessly to make it an amazing night,” said Rosenberg. Rosenberg’s 10 points on Senior Night marked her career high.
Senior Sabrina Huezo, has played on varsity since freshman year focuses on working well with her teammates. “The game was very exciting, and the team played their best to have the best possible outcome,” said Huezo, a defensive specialist.
Including Senior Night, the team has now held their opponent to 37 or fewer points in 8 of their 14 games, all eight of them wins. “I think one of the best things I bring to the team is my defense,” said Huezo. Meanwhile the Knights have only been held under 43 points once this season.
Alspach thinks highly of the seniors on the team. “This group of seniors is very special to me; they have been with me for my first four seasons as a head coach. They have left a legacy of hard work, effort, and most importantly a winning legacy. These girls will leave the program in a better place than where they found it and will truly be missed.”
Huezo looked back at what she left behind for the team. “I think I am leaving behind a good example of how to be not only a good team player but a friend for all the girls and a positive vibe,” said Huezo.
Alcorn feels the team is family and has been a big part of her life for the last four years. “I can’t wait see what this team does in the future. I would tell my freshman self to have fun because it doesn’t last forever. It’s easy to dwell or hang your head when you’ve had a bad game but it’s super important to let those things go and focus on the good,” said Alcorn.
The team looks to continue their remarkable run this season when they face Edison at home on February 3 at 7pm.
Posted on 2/2/22
Photos by Gaby Master