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WOODBRIDGE — Chloe Brinton and her senior teammates realize their high school careers on the basketball court are approaching the finish line. Before that happens, Brinton and company have some work to do.
If Monday night was any indication, the Spartans are all business.
Starting the game on a 14-0 run and using excellent ball movement throughout, Amity cruised to a 53-35 victory over Law at Amity High.
The Spartans, who won their ninth straight game, were so dominant in the game, the 18-point victory is not indicative of how in control Amity was. Law never got within single digits and trailed by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter.
“Law always plays us tough,” Amity coach Michelle Martinik said after her team improved to 10-1. “We knew we had to show up. We got off to a very good start and we passed the ball very well tonight. I thought that was very important.”
Amity, which snapped Law’s three-game winning steak, did its damage early to the Eagles, scoring 14 points in the first 4 minutes, 30 seconds of the game. When Law’s Laura Dulin finally connected with 3:22 left in the quarter, Amity was already in control.
Brinton, who finished with 19 points, nailed a 3-pointer and had four points in the quarter, while Mikaila Schmitt scored six. Amanda Vecchio and Molly Ronan also had four points apiece in the first quarter, which ended with the Spartans leading 18-4.
“It was really important to get off to a good start,” Brinton said. “Coming off the weekend, we knew we needed a good start.
“It is a great feeling (being 10-1). We want to go as far as we can. For the seniors, it is our last year. We want to go as far as we can and play as many games as we can.”
The Spartans showed no signs of letting up in the second quarter, using their hustle to score numerous points. Elise Graham epitomized that hustle and hard work as she continued to battle for a loose ball as time expired in the opening half, drawing a foul and nailing a free throw for a 30-13 lead at the half.
“We played the kind of game we wanted to play,” Martinik said. “We had great ball movement and we took care of the basketball. We made good, solid passes. Chloe Brinton has stepped up on and off the court the last couple of games.”
Brinton never let up, putting the final dagger in any hopes of a Law comeback.
After Erin Saley cut the Amity lead to 30-15 on Law’s opening possession of the second half, Brinton drained a bucket, then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 35-15 lead.
Brinton added another 3-pointer as part of her eight points during Amity’s 13-2 to seal the victory.
“We never got going on offense,” Law coach Dan Young said after his team fell to 6-5. “We played intimidated for the most part tonight. It is tough to match up with them.
“But, it is good to see a team like them. We want to be where they are down the road. We are not there yet.”
Brinton opened the fourth quarter by connecting on a basket for her final points and to give Amity a 45-21 lead.
“We all worked really well together,” Brinton said. “Everyone off the bench did a good job. Everyone contributed.”
Graham, Schmitt and Ronan each had eight points, while Vecchio and Rachel Nevolis each finished with four.
Dulin led Law with 11 points and Saley had 10.