Friday, September 29, 2023

North Warren Girls Edged by Belvidere 52-46

Kathryn Hunsinger had four three-point buckets against Belvidere. Photo by J. Phalon, 2/2023

The Patriots started out strong, but the North Warren girls’ basketball team couldn’t outlast Belvidere Febuary 17th in a high-scoring game. The Seaters carried the day 52-46 although North Warren kept on pace with Belvidere, even coming out ahead in the first quarter.

Ending the third period just a point ahead, Belvidere surged for 15 points in the fourth while North Warren mustered 10.

“It was a tough one, yeah,” said Head Coach Jill Masker. “We played good in spurts but there were also spurts where we couldn’t make a basket, and that hurt us.”

Masker added that the fourth quarter has been the bane of the team all season. The Pats have come out strong in the first or third quarters for most of the year, but don’t keep it going.

“The fourth quarter has been a rough quarter for us all year,” Masker said.

Karissa Shaffer led North Warren with 13 points, followed by Kathryn Hunsinger with 12 who sunk four three-pointers, one in each quarter. Kirin May put nine points on the board.

Karissa Shaffer shoots through heavy traffic. She led the Pats with 13 points. Photo by J. Phalon, 2/2023
Kirin May threads the needle on her way to a nine-point game. Photo by J. Phalon, 2/2023

With a 56-36 loss to Passaic Charter February 20th, the Patriots finish the season 6-19 and 5-9 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

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.