March 18, 2020
By Kara Murgittroyd
After finishing its season with a 16-10 record, the girls basketball team won the first round of the state championship against Ridgefield Park Junior/Senior High School at home on March 3.
At the end of the third quarter, the score was 31-46, but LHS would not give up.
The game ended with sophomore Meghan Docherty scoring a buzzer-beater to win the game 48-46.
“Making the game-winning shot was something I never imagined. It felt like I was in a movie, having all my teammates jumping on top of me, the crowd going crazy. It was just an overall great feeling,” Docherty said.
She said next season, she hopes the players develop a stronger bond on and off the court.
“Making the game-winning shot was something I never imagined.”
“We have to have trust in one another,” Docherty said.
Senior captain Madison Schaefer also said the players would benefit from having a stronger connection with one another.
“The team should communicate more on the court and have more team bonding days,” Schaefer said.
She said her goal going into the Ridgefield Park game was to work as hard as she possibly could.
“I wanted to make my senior year the best one,” Schaefer said.
Freshman Alexa Augustyniak said she was proud of her team’s performance.
“I was happy with the outcome, just maybe take less fouls,” Augustyniak said.
Junior Gianna Alberti and junior captain Carley Martin were both leading scorers in the game, each contributing 17 points.
The team’s season ended on March 5 when LHS lost in the quarterfinal to Central High School in Newark, N.J.
“I loved this season and can’t wait for next season to start,” said Augustyniak.