Friday, April 19, 2024

Girls’ Patriots Fall to Phillipsburg Stateliners Despite Strong Second Half

Kirin May splits the Phillipsburg defense. Photo by J. Phalon, 2/2023

Despite a strong second half, the North Warren girls’ basketball team was overpowered by Phillipsburg 51-28 in a February 14th contest.

Phillipsburg, a school with more than four times the enrollment of North Warren, held the Patriots to seven points against their 32 in the first half. That deficit was too much to overcome in the second half, when North Warren outscored the Stateliners 21-19.

“We had a much stronger second half,” Head Coach Jill Masker said afterward. “We started making those shots that we couldn’t make early on.”

The Patriots didn’t have many opportunities to score in the first half with the Stateliners keeping control of the ball from net to net. In the second half, however, North Warren went on a three-pointer spree, sinking two each in the third and fourth quarters.

Kathryn Hunsinger scored two from the cheap seats in the third, finishing the game with seven points for the night.

Megan Gallante and Kirin May each nailed a three-point shot in the fourth. May had seven points in the game.

Megan Gallante shoots from the cheap seats. Photo by J. Phalon, 2/2023

Karissa Shaffer led the Patriots with nine points. Photo by J. Phalon, 2/2023
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.