"She's a force of nature out there."
That was how Pascack Valley girls basketball coach described junior Brianna Wong, whose 14 points led the Indians to a 55-37 victory over River Dell in the semi-finals of the Joe Poli Tournament.
Going into this game Valley had an average margin of victory of 34.5 points, however, River Dell managed to keep Valley to a 18 point victory.
While Jasper admitted that the girls did not have their best shooting night, he gives full credit to River Dell for a great performance against his team.
"River Dell played awesome. They had a great plan, played well, and shot the ball well. They defended us very well and were extremely patient on the defensive end," he said.
Even though it may have been one of the harder games of the season, the girls are still undefeated, and sit at 6-0.
Along with that junior Kelly Petro, who contributed 12 points, was also pleased with PV's effort and performance.
"This was a good test for us because it was fast paced and because they played well both offensively and defensively. It was great experience for us, especially in this tournament, becuase we know how much it means for our team."
Despite Jasper saying as though he felt the Indians didn't shoot particularly well, Petro, Wong and sophomore Brianna Smith all recorded double-digit point totals, and Smith connected on three three-pointers.
While PV is 6-0 this year, Jasper's main focus is somewhere else—improving on previous games.
"I'm just looking forward to getting to practice tomorrow to correct all the stuff that we [messed] up with today," he said. "I don't speculate or forecast anything other than that tomorrow's practice is going to make us better than we were today."
Pascack Valley will be playing Northern Highlands on Thursday at 5:45 PM for the final of the Joe Poli Holiday tournament. The girls will look to maintain their perfect season status as well as pick up some silverware in the process, something they haven't managed to do the last five years of this tournament.
Continuing what has been an impressive start to the season at 2-0, PV Girls Hoops stepped up to the plate again yesterday to get themselves a backyard brawl victory against bitter rivals Old Tappan. This brings the girls to 3-0 on the season and sees them heading into another conference game this Thursday, against Northern Valley Demarest, undefeated.
Sophomore Brianna Smith continued what has been a solid start to her campaign for Valley scoring 12 points. This gives her double digit points in all three of the games so far. However, it was junior Kelly Smith and junior Brianna Wong who went off against Old Tappan with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
In all three games to open up the season the girls have reached the 70 points mark and have won all of their games by at least a margin of 24 points. Along with that, the ladies have not lost even one quater of basketball, deservingly placing them in first place in the conference. If this start is any indication of what's to come, Valley will certainly be a force to be reckoned with this season.
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The girls open their season today against the historically tough Teaneck. Despite that, PV managed to split last year's series against the Highwaywomen, winning the first game 60-40 but falling in the second 65-48.
This season marks the 43rd for head coach Jeff Jasper, who enters the season with over 950 wins.
The game is at 7 p.m. at Teaneck High School.
Stay here for updates from the game and after the game.