The girls basketball team of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High school came up short last night in its pursuit of a first-ever state championship, falling 48-37 in the semifinal round to Trenton Central.


The Asbury Park Press has the story.

Rumson (28-5) was by no means overpowered on the boards as Trenton (31-1) held a 40-32 edge, but there were numerous instances when Trenton’s front line of Cintella and Leola Spotwood and Torrie Childs had their way once the shots went up. The three combined for 23 rebounds, 10 coming offensively.

“All those kids are quick and we knew coming in that they were athletic and we had to be able to limit their chances and we didn’t do that enough,” Rumson senior Paige Armstrong said. “We did a good job at times but there were those possessions where we just let down and they were quicker to the ball.”

“For us to try to keep five people off the glass when they’re all quicker, all taller and they’re more athletic, there’s just some things you can’t overcome,” Rumson coach George Sourlis said.

From the Star-Ledger’s coverage:

Rumson had to operate its offense close to perfection in order to sting a Trenton squad that held an edge in both speed and athleticism. Instead, it fell victim to a 14-for-50 showing from the field.

“My only wish is that we could have played better,” Rumson coach George Sourlis said. “We played quicker than we would have liked. For that, they deserve all the credit.”

Trenton will face University Monay night in East Rutherford for the title.

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