Barnegat senior Ashley Pringle makes an attempt a shot for the duration of the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 30-24 loss to Pinelands Regional in the teams’ opener on Jan. 26. (Photograph by David Biggy)
In the course of the earlier 10 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced quite a few academics to create expertise with on line resources these kinds of as Google Classroom, and coaches had been employing it to conduct workforce meetings throughout the tumble sports period. Very well, it arrived in helpful all over again on Jan. 26.
“Technology is a beautiful factor,” explained Barnegat Higher Faculty girls basketball head coach Tammy Nicolini, who utilized the on the web platform to hold related to her team through its opening contest against Pinelands Regional, guiding the Bengals during a 30-24 decline from her residence in Stafford Township. “I’ve been less than quarantine due to the fact I lately was a near get hold of to somebody who had examined positive. But where by there is a will, there is a way, and we figured out a way I could keep on coaching the team from a computer system.”
The Bengals started out practising Jan. 15, and during most of very last 7 days Nicolini had to use Google Classroom to instruct her group all through its initially comprehensive week of the preseason. That did not quit her from implementing a new offensive system.
But in opposition to the Wildcats, it took some time for Nicolini’s squad to regulate to that offense at entire velocity all through actual-time levels of competition, as the veteran coach relayed messages to the bench by way of texts to Athletic Director John Germano, who was acting as the assistant to Joe Tagliavia. Adrianna Kappmeier did not score the Bengals’ initially factors until 5 seconds remained in the to start with quarter. The good thing is, Pinelands was not considerably better with its offense, scoring only a trio of points to get a 3-2 direct into the second.
As Pinelands designed its direct by way of the next stint, the Bengals ongoing to struggle in their offensive fifty percent of the court. With 1:06 left in the 50 percent, Isabel Guiro followed her have skip to rating a layup, and the Wildcats held a 12-4 lead into the 3rd quarter. The Bengals have been down by 12 details, 16-4, with 6 minutes left ahead of they lastly awoke.
“They have been very tense coming out. In the to start with fifty percent, they definitely seemed like they were anxious,” Nicolini mentioned. “But I talked to them at the 50 percent, and we manufactured some changes to Pinelands’ 2-3 zone, and I advised them it was proper where we desired them. They weren’t heading to occur out with the very same fireplace we had been likely to come out with in the second half. We just experienced to get out there and execute X, Y and Z, and I had full faith they could carry it jointly.”
Barnegat’s Adrianna Kappmeier swats away an tried layup by Pinelands’ Sunni DiElmo during the Bengals’ 30-24 loss on Jan. 26. (Image by David Biggy)
When Cara McCoy buried a a few-position industry goal from the prime of the arc with 5:23 still left in 3rd, it set off her teammates. Erin Breyta dropped a 12-foot bounce shot from the still left baseline virtually two minutes afterwards, right before Guiro and Robbiann Erskine scored on backdoor layups 23 seconds aside to make it 16-13.
With Pinelands up 18-13 and 2:08 still left in the 3rd, senior Ashley Pringle vaulted the Bengals into the lead with back-to-back treys – the first with 1:52 to go and the second with six seconds, giving Barnegat its initially lead of the contest, 19-18, as the Shore Conference Class B South clash moved into the fourth quarter.
“We really don’t have a ton of seniors, so I often have to action up as a chief and choose management,” Pringle reported following the game via her now-regular confront masking. “It’s been complicated for me to shoot a few-pointers simply because I have in no way been assured adequate with carrying out it. But this yr, with all that’s been taking place, has pressured me to get out of my comfort zone and turn into a leader.”
Pinelands’ Sunni DiElmo and Bridget Dudas, who concluded with 10 and 15 factors, respectively, each individual scored buckets to push the Wildcats back into the direct with just about five minutes to go, but Breyta drained a trifecta from the appropriate corner to knot the contest at 22-22.
After DiElmo knocked down a no cost throw with 3:28 left and on the ensuing possession Dudas intercepted a pass and scored an quick layup on a breakaway, the Bengals finished up in the double bonus on fouls. A McCoy layup with two minutes still left was Barnegat’s remaining details, as Dudas dropped two more foul shots and scored on a putback with 32 seconds remaining.
“It’s been tough so considerably simply because we have a good deal of new girls,” Pringle claimed. “But we have been performing tough attempting to get every thing likely as quickly as possible. We’ve only practiced for about a 7 days and a fifty percent, but we did really nicely for the most part. We have been however in the activity through the remaining minutes.”
Pringle finished the video game with six factors, even though Breyta and McCoy each individual tallied 5. However, despite the decline, Nicolini was proud of her squad.
“We’ve experienced eight times of observe and a person scrimmage, so we couldn’t assume far too significantly,” she claimed. “But our girls did some definitely superior factors, and I’m delighted with how they battled and acquired by themselves again into the recreation. It was absolutely a winnable game. We gave up a lot of rebounds in the initially fifty percent, and we ended up horrible in changeover. We’ll get the job done on the issues we want to increase and get superior, but I’m just actually happy we’re playing yet again.”
— David Biggy
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