There has been no stopping the basketball teams at Haddon Township High School these days as both squads had a dominating week in Colonial Conference action. Meanwhile, the wrestling team didn’t let a loss to Paulsboro slow it down and the swimming team got a host of personal bests in its meet with West Deptford.
The girls’ basketball team continues to show that youth can be a good thing as a lineup filled with underclassmen continues to thrive.
Last week, the Hawks won a pair of conference games without letting up double digit scoring in any of the eight quarters. Haddon Township opened the week with a 50-8 pasting of Gateway, in which the Hawks surrendered just two first-half points. Bella Preziosi led the offense with 19 points, while Sarah Getzinger added 11.
The Hawks followed with a 61-34 win over rival Haddon Heights. Preziosi again paced the offense with 19 points, while Morgan Lenehan also had a big night, netting 18.
Haddon Township (6-2) will look to stay hot when it returns to the court Tuesday at Woodbury.
Nick Marino was a man on a mission against Gateway last week, leading his team to a 59-22 win over the Gators. Marino connected on eight shots and finished with a game-high 21 points. Teammate Trey Thatcher was just as hot, pouring in 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Hawks could not get by rival Haddon Heights, however, falling 56-44 in a back-and-forth contest.
The Garnets came out fast, jumping out to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter. The Hawks bounced back in the second quarter and grabbed a 28-23 lead at halftime. The Garnets were able to claw within a single point after three quarters and pulled away down the stretch by outscoring the Hawks, 18-5, in the fourth. Thatcher had 17 points, while Tyler Easterday added 11 in defeat.
Haddon Township (7-2) has a pair of home conference showdowns this week as it hosts Woodbury (Tuesday) and Audubon (Thursday).
Haddon Township was able to hang in with wrestling powerhouse Paulsboro in its much anticipated showdown Wednesday but came out on the short end of a 41-24 decision. The Hawks got pins from Daniel Clemente (160) and Tim Wolf (285), as well as decisions by Chris Wolf (106), Mike McCutcheon (152), Sean Jones (182) and Elijah Camacho (195).
While the win gives the Red Raiders the inside track to the division title, Haddon Township did not lot let the result linger. The Hawks bounced back with a 54-27 win over Gateway/Woodbury, a 72-6 win over Maple Shade and a 44-18 victory against Robbinsville to improve to 8-2.
Haddon Township has just one match this week, with a home contest against Overbrook slated for Wednesday.
The Hawks slipped a meet below the .500 mark after losses to West Deptford (109-74) and Eastern (95-75), but head coach Maura McDermott expressed her pleasure with the way her team has been swimming. The Hawks coach said after the meet with the Eagles that just about all of her swimmers have shown improvement through the course of the season.
“When I pulled them in (after the match) I asked how many had personal best times and about 15 hands went up,” McDermott said. “We are a young team and we keep dropping time every meet. What more can I ask for from the kids?”
The Hawks (2-3) look to get back on the winning track Thursday when they host Seneca.