Zeto lead New Providence girls basketball to wholesale jerseys
Katie Kinum of New Providence drives on Haddon Township Morgan Lenahan during the second quarter.(Photo: Jason Towlen/Staff Photographer)TOMS RIVER With the lead heading into the second half, the New Providence girls basketball team had a healthy lead 20 7 lead, but the Pioneers’ offense started to cool down. Fortunately, the duo of Emily Molstad and Sarah Zeto stepped up their rebounding for critical scores to help New Providence to a championship.
Molstad and Zeto grabbed eight rebounds each to help New Providence defeat Haddon Township 32 30 in the Group I wholesale jerseys championship at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River on Sunday.
Haddon Township took a 24 22 lead to start the fourth and Molstad praised her team for coming back from their first deficit of the game and combat a strong push from the Hawks.
“It was great that we could do that,” said Molstad. “We’ve tried to do it in past games before. Just take a second, step back and refocus. “We realized that it was more beneficial for us to attack the middle because our shots weren’t falling outside. Once we started attacking the middle and getting those offensive rebounds it really worked out.”
The Pioneers were 6 28 from the field in the second half. Three of those shots came from Molstad and two came from Zeto. The sophomore guard was fouled converting her offensive putback and missed the free throw on the three point play, but it showed that even the smallest player on the team was willing to get into the fray.
“I like to rebound. It’s so much fun. I just like to go out and have fun,” said the 5’3″ Zeto. “Rebounding is always important and we wanted to make sure we were controlling the defensive rebounds. Then the offensive rebounds were there to give us second chances. That helped a lot.”
New Providence coach Cap Pazdera added that Zeto is more than meets the eye and that her size doesn’t define her play.
“One of the most tenacious players I have ever coached. People underestimate her because of her size,” said Pazdera. “You’d think small girl, nice girl and not going to hurt you, but she’s a fierce competitor. She’ll get rebounds, play tough defense and clearly not afraid to go to the basket and challenge the bigs. She had a tremendous game today.”
Every point mattered as junior forward Sydney Morang scored just two points in the second half after totaling nine in the first half. Katie Kinum was held without a point in the second half as well.
Buy PhotoBrielle Carleen of New Providence, left hugs teammate Katie Kinum after beating Haddon Twp 32 30. (Photo: Jason Towlen/Staff Photographer)
Pazdera has been harping on his team to do the little things, especially when Morang and Kinum aren’t firing on all cylinders. That message helped the Pioneers in the end, giving them their first Group I championship since their back to back wins in 2010 and 2011.
“We talk about it all the time that our offense does not just come from Katie and Sydney. We’ve got to find offense in other places. Emily took a couple shots that she missed and we encouraged her to keep shooting. We said to Sarah if you have an opportunity, you look to attack and thankfully they went in for us.”