Girls Basketball Wins State Sectional Championship
Randolph Girls Basketball faced a tough opponent at home in the North I Group IV State Sectional Championship. Visiting Hackensack led Randolph at the half 13 – 7 as the Rams struggled on offense. The second half would prove to be a highly contentious contest. With 1:07 left in the game, Randolph led comfortably with a 30 – 24 lead. The Rams were in control, however smart play by the opposing Comets resulted in a tie 30 – 30 ball game with 35 seconds remaining. With a Hackensack possession, Randolph went on defense. In what could have been a season ending moment, their toughness and grit forced a turnover with only seconds to spare.
Senior Ellie Sciancalepore with just 5 seconds remaining in the game pulled off one of the best buzzer beaters in recent memory scoring the game winning layup to win the North I Group IV Sectional Championship and advance her team to the next round of Group Championships. How did she pull off the game winning shot. “I was thinking just get it done. This is what we have worked so hard for over the past I don’t know how many months. The tears. The blood. The sweat. From that moment you got to get it done and I knew when I got possession of the ball I had to put it in the basket. I can’t believe it and I am just so grateful to share this moment with my teammates. We have worked so hard for this.”
Randolph head coach Peter Torres had complete confidence that his team could pull off the victory. “At the half I told the team that we have to play 16 more minutes and then we are going home. I told them to keep going hard to the basket and finally they eventually did…The ending play was one of our last second plays. We did a little variation in case they had scouted us. I told Ellie that it was her last year and get it done. You have 5 seconds. Give a good hard fake and then you go down the lane. And thank god it worked. I'm so proud.”
Great job Rams on an amazing performance! Way to bring another championship home to Randolph!