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North Warren Girls Hold on for Win Over Whippany

Kanissa Shafer and Kirin May pressure Whippany’s offense. Photo by J. Phalon, Jan. 2023

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.

Kathryn Hunsinger sinks one of her four three-point shots. Photo by J. Phalon, Jan. 2023

Hunsinger led the game with 12 points, all three-pointers. She was followed by Kanissa Shaffer with 10 points and Kirin May with eight.

Kirin May had eight points for the night. Photo by J. Phalon, Jan. 2023

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.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.