Lady Goldbacks faced with must-win situation


When Newburgh’s girls’ basketball team played Monroe-Woodbury earlier this season, the Lady Goldbacks played one of their best games of the season with a 14-1 first-quarter run.

The Lady Goldbacks brought much joy that evening at home with the victory. Saturday, the teams played their second and final meeting in Monroe-Woodbury. And it seemed somewhat like a sleepy morning for Newburgh when the offense could barely wake up at times.

The Crusaders led 8-0 with three minutes left in the first quarter and led 12-3 at the end of the period. The Goldbacks mustered 2 points in the second quarter with a Nyah Williams basket and trailed 24-5 at the half. After scoring 7 points in the third quarter, the Lady Goldbacks scored more than half their points with 13 in the fourth before going home with a 47-25 loss.

“This is the opposite,” said Arturo Santana, Newburgh’s coach. “Defensively, I was not unhappy with our performance.”

The Crusaders scored 12 points in the first, second and fourth quarters and 11 points in the third quarter.

“I can live with that,” said Santana. “Offensively, we just couldn’t make a basket.”

The Lady Goldbacks limited one player, Toni Neely, to double digits when she scored 18 points for the Crusaders. E’layasia Williams led the Lady Goldbacks with 10 points, 7 of which were scored in the fourth quarter.

“If we put the ball in the basket, it was a totally different game,” said Santana. (Monroe-Woodbury) did a nice job defensively.”

The Lady Goldbacks dropped to 3-8 and must beat Kingston or Middletown to reach the Section 9, Class AA playoffs.


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