Lady Goldbacks prepare for playoffs
Newburgh’s girls basketball team was playing without one of its best players this season, junior Sarah Williams, when they hosted Monroe-Woodbury during the season’s finale Wednesday, Feb 20.
It was senior night, and seniors Taylor Brummell, Victoria Colotti and Emily Cook did the best they could without Williams, no longer on the squad for violating team rules, during the 44-32 loss.
The game started slow for both teams as M-W led 7-4 after the first quarter. That lead grew to 18-11 at the half as the Crusaders added to it to win by 12 points.
“I’m happy with the effort,” said Rich Desiderio, Newburgh’s coach, after his team dropped to 10-8 and 10-5 in league play to end the season. “We let everything out there on the floor. We did not back down.”
Brummell led Newburgh with 14 points. Cook, with five points, and Colotti, with four points, helped with an all out senior effort as they tried to help Newburgh keep pace with M-W. Kerrie Walsh led M-W with 16 points, going 2/2 from the foul line. Overall M-W was 8/12 from the line, better than Newburgh’s 3/6.
“We were making constant adjustments on the fly,” said Desiderio.
Now the Lady Goldbacks get ready for the Section IX, Class AA postseason this week as the three-seed, and they made it there with an eight-game winning streak that was snapped during their loss to M-W in the season finale.
“We had to send a message that we’re not afraid of anybody,” said Desiderio.
By Bond Brungard