“I guess there’s some risk but I knew that after being there and meeting the people there that I was not going to find a place better than that so why wait?”
That "there" for Kelly Petro is the University of Delaware, where Pascack Valley's junior Guard just committed to five days ago. After capping off a solid 55-24 win over Northern Highlands last week, Petro, who finished that game with a solid 7 points and another victory for the Valley, made the announcement to her teammates, who were extremely excited for Kelly.
“[My teammates] are all awesome and I told them after the game [Thursday] and they were so happy for me. I love being surrounded by them and it was cool seeing them all be there for me.”
Now while this decision may seem early, Petro had already received interest from other schools and this was not at all a spur of the moment decision.
"I was between a couple of different schools but I think UDel is probably the best fit for me and I’m really excited about that. I was also considering West Point and Columbia."
Petro described her experience being recruited by UDel as the best one for her and shared some inside detail about what they did to convince her to share her talents with the Blue Hens in two years.
“They saw me play in a tournament last spring and then they had contacted me a little bit and then I spoke to Jasper about it and he knows the coach well and then it took off from there. Then I visited it a few times, and I loved it there."
"I got to watch the team practice which was awesome and I got to hang out with them a little bit and meet not only the coaching staff but meet the players that will be juniors and seniors when I’m a freshman, which
Of course, Petro has verbally committed to being a STUDENT-athlete, and she plans to uphold both ends of what that incredible responsibility will entail at UDel. Kelly hopes to be in the pre-Veterinary program at the school and will continue with that career, even when her basketball career ends. So for all of you future animal owners out there, it is possible your future veterinarian will take fine care of your animal, but she also may have the skill to cross you up on the court, so don't challenge her to a one-on-one.
13 seems to be a trend for the Valley Indians popping up in more place than one for the girls basketball team. The ladies are catching some shut eye and will wake up still undefeated at... 13-0. In the second quarter of their 46-24 victory over Ramapo, they managed to score 13 points. And finally, the Indians are 1 of 13 remaining undefeated girls basketball teams in the state of New Jersey.
In the game, PV was led by junior Brianna Wong, who finished the game with an incredible 23 points. The Indians managed to take down the Raiders in a rivalry game at the Valley. Clearly feeling it from downtown this game, Wong ended up finishing the game with a season high 5 three-pointers. Adding to the 3-point total on the night was sophomore Brianna Smith, who had two of her own and finished the game with 8 points, which ended up being the second most points on the night.
However, what might end up being the most impressive stat from this game is what the box score reads for the fourth quarter in points scored by the Raiders: 0. With some strong defense, the Indians managed to hold Ramapo to no points in the fourth quarter. That type of stingy defense has been on display all season, and could be what propels PV to a title.
Once again, when the sun set last night in Bergen County the Indians would all go to sleep maintaining their perfect season. Yesterday morning the girls defeated Wayne Hills 78-54, to move to 12-0 now on the season.
While the final score may not be close, Wayne Hills kept it close in the first quarter, with it ending with a high scoring 20-17 quarter in favor of the Indians. After that, it was all Indians in the second, with juniors Brianna Wong and Kelly Smith leading the charge, the Indians went into the half with a comfortable 43-29 lead.
After that the ladies did not look back, holding the Patriots to a mere 9 points in the third, and comfortably cruising to the 78-54 victory by the end of the game. Juniors Brianna Wong and Kelly Smith finished with 21 and 18 points respectively, and of course were aided by 11 points from Kelly Petro, including three 3-pointers.
So after another great win for the girls, what is up next for them this week?
Tuesday vs. Ramapo (4 PM at Valley): Coming off of a tough loss against division rivals Northern Highlands, the Raiders (5-4) will look to redeem themselves against the Indians.
Thursday vs. Northern Highlands (5:30 PM at Northern Highlands): While Valley has already beaten the Highlanders this year, this will in no way be an easy task. The Highlanders are coming off a solid string of games, winning 3 of their last 5, against very formidable opponents in Ramapo, Ridgewood, and Teaneck. NJ.com has this game as one of it's "10 can't miss girls basketball games for the week of Jan. 16", and for a good reason.
With an impressive 11-0 record, the Indians seemingly can't lose, and it's paid off. They currently hold down the number 1 spot in The Record's girls basketball ranking
PV managed to pick up a solid 64-37 victory over Tenafly. The girls came out fast, ending the first quarter with a convincing 18-2 lead over the Tigers. However, Tenafly did manage to fight back and won the second quarter with a much more solid performance from their squad.
The second half though was all Indians again, with Junior Brianna Wong leading the charge and ending the night with a solid 15 points. Like many other games, the Kelly's, Petro and Wong, both also managed to make their impact on the game, with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 A.M. the girls will be back at it again against Wayne Hills at IHA. The Patriots have had an average season so far, keeping themselves above .500 with a 6-4 record. Valley meanwhile will look to continue its dominance on Sunday and certainly will look to maintain that top spot for the Record, throughout this week.