Varsity Girls Basketball Wrap Up

Jake Ross

After twenty-six games this season, the Lady Mustangs finished with a final record of 15-11. The team showed great poise throughout the season and had the great leadership of seniors Tatum Evans and Jessica Iacobellis. Both seniors plan on playing basketball at the college level next year. Evans, who led the team in scoring this season with 13.1 points per game, plans to attend Georgian Court for basketball. Iacobellis plans to attend Salisbury.

The team ended with a winning record and confidence heading into the Central Jersey Group 4 State Tournament. The girls were looking to repeat last year’s success but, unfortunately, came up short and lost to East Brunswick in the quarterfinal round. Keeping their heads high, the girls moved on from their defeat and went into the Shore Conference Tournament with a first round win. After a “closely-contested, heart-breaking game to Neptune,” as Coach Hagensen puts it, the girls were eliminated. Although the girls came up short, they showed heart and resilience this season and kept true to Coach Hagensen’s philosophy of “[not] putting an emphasis on winning or losing but being the best team they can be.”

The teamwork was spectacular out of these ladies this year. Specifically, Tatum Evans scored a team high of three hundred and forty points this season, alone. The Mustangs certainly crashed the boards this year and were lead in that category by Jessica Broad who ripped down one hundred and eighty-three points of her own. Molly Weiss also was the sharpshooter from the three-point line this year knocking down 56 three-pointers.

Despite losing their leading scorer in Evans, the Mustangs are confident they can have success next season and make a run for the championship.