Randolph topples rival Morris Knolls
Many of the Randolph players will admit the third quarter hasn't been one of the team's strong points this season.
You'd never guess that after Wednesday's performance, though.
Aliyah Huland El poured in game-high 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists to help the Rams catch fire after halftime in their 66-32 drubbing of county rival Morris Knolls.
Taylor Lusardi contributed 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Randolph, which used a 20-4 run that started late in the second and spilled into the third to notch its sixth win in the last seven contests.
"It was all about the second half," said guard Ali MacKay, who finished with 11 points, three assists and three steals. "Sometimes we have bad third quarters and it's kind of been our curse. But today we were able to run the ball."
The Rams, now 11-3 on the season, had a recent four-game winning streak halted in the wake of absorbing a close, 23-22 loss to Roxbury late last week. However, they bounced back by cruising past Mount Olive, 68-50, on Monday and did not let the momentum wilt.
Clinging to a slim two-point cushion late in the second, Huland El and Lusardi spearheaded a 7-0 run to end the session and take a 27-18 lead into halftime.
After that, Randolph continued to show why it will be a major threat as the seventh seed in the upcoming Morris County tournament.
The Rams outscored the opposition, 35-10, in the third and constructed its largest lead in the waning seconds of the game, which was live-streamed exclusively on MSGVarsity.com.
"Together, the girls knew this was the turning point for us," Lusardi said. "We had to work hard to get our name known and show we're a strong team in the county."
Courtney Meola paced Morris Knolls with nine points, while Tori Clarke added eight and Kristen Randolph and Jacie Cooper each chipped in seven.