In one of those games that will test your heart rhythm, the North Warren girls basketball team took a 24-9 lead into halftime only to see Whippany come back to tie the game before the Patriots took back the lead for a 35-29 win.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” North Warren head coach Jill Masker said after the Jan. 30 game.
The Patriots also struggled with rebounds in the second half. Combined with the missed shots, the lost rebounds kept the game on the Whippany end of the court for most of the third quarter. North Warren scored five points in the third to Whippany’s 15.
Whippany tied the game at 28 in the first minutes of the fourth quarter but would be held to just one more point while North Warren pulled ahead with Kathryn Hunsinger’s fourth of four, three-point shots.
Hunsinger led the game with 12 points, all three-pointers. She was followed by Kanissa Shaffer with 10 points and Kirin May with eight.
North Warren split four road games leading into the Whippany game, losing to Kittatinny 38-33 Jan. 23 and Delaware Valley 41-22 Jan. 28. They were victorious over Veratis Christian 33-25 Jan. 20 and Wallkill Valley 50-47 Jan. 26.
The Pats next play Vorhees and Passaic Charter in away games Feb. 2 and 6. Their next home game is with Jefferson on Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.