NORTH BRUNSWICK — At the end of the third quarter in Saturday’s matinee, Edison went on a 7-1 run to cut a 12-point lead in half going to the final stanza.
But the North Brunswick High School girls basketball team responded well in the opening minutes of the fourth, using a 7-0 run of its own to fend off the pesky Eagles in a 42-37 victory.
Edison made it interesting in the final seconds, especially after Maggie Johnson banked in a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left to cut the lead to five. On the ensuing inbounds pass, North Brunswick turned it over, giving Edison a chance to draw even closer, but North Brunswick head coach Shaun Morrell said he remained calm with his squad in the time out.
“I preached to get the rebound from their shot and let the clock keep running because it was against them there,” Morrell said. “I wasn’t concerned about the clock at the end because we were still up by five, but it was a nice teaching moment, explaining what we had to do in that spot.”
The game might not have been so tense if not for some points being left on the free throw line by the Raiders. As a team, North Brunswick (3-4) made just 7-15 free throws, something Morrell wasn’t thrilled with.
“If we had made foul shots down the stretch, it would have been a different story, but I think we played one of our better games this season,” Morrell said.
Kyra Fox led North Brunswick with 16 points, with seven of those coming in the third quarter, which the Raiders won 13-11. Kadijah Matthews chipped in seven points and Tatum Altman added six for the victors.
“We’re a young group and we’re still learning on the fly,” Morrell said. “But the girls fought back and used the clock like we wanted to and forced some turnovers. We’re a small team, a quick team, so we like to trap and today it worked for us. We rotated better and helped each other better than in games past, so that was good to see.”
Edison (1-5) turned the ball over 17 times in the contest.
Marisa Daniels did her best to bring the Eagles back in the second half, scoring nine of her team-best 13 points after intermission, and she added 10 rebounds. Bianca Newsom chipped in seven points and Ashley Hunt and Natalie Udaye each had six for Edison, which shot 14-55 (25 percent) on the afternoon.
The Raiders won their first game in two weeks, but Morrell noted that they’re not satisfied in how they’re playing right now.
“It’s a boost, but the girls aren’t going to be happy about the final score. We are going to look at the end of the game, how we didn’t box out and make our free throws,” he said. “The white division is really strong this year, so we just need to get some more experience and we’ll go on our own little run. We’ll be there at the end.”