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Girls Basketball: Clearview rolls past Eustace into the SJIBT title game

02/15/2020, 12:15am EST
By Joe Tansey, SJSD

Pioneers get huge efforts from a trio of freshmen in beating the Crusaders, 62-49

VOORHEES --- Clearview’s start to its SJIBT semifinal win over Bishop Eustace was remarkable to begin with. 

The first-half outbreak, which set the tone for a 62-49 victory, was even more stunning when you realize a trio of freshmen led the way. 

“They’ve been incredible all year,” Clearview head coach Casey Heitman said. “When they were announcing the kids, it was freshman, freshman, freshman, but most of the time they don’t play like freshmen.” 

Aaryn Battle and Kassidy Thompson each hit shots to start off the first quarter, and then the two racked up all 12 points scored by the Pioneers in the second stanza. 

“They’re so talented and to have that confidence as a freshman it means so much for their years to come. I’m so excited to see what they do once I graduate,” Clearview senior Bella Steidle said. 

Steidle provided a steady hand in the second half to finish off the upset of the top-seeded Crusaders. 

The senior scored 10 of Clearview’s 29 fourth-quarter points, seven of which came from the free-throw line.

Her leadership, along with fellow senior Olivia Marchei, help balance out what inexperience the freshmen may have left. 

“We rely on (Steidle) and (Marchei) to keep control and make sure we aren’t shooting the shots that we don’t need to take at the end,” Heitman said. “They step up as leaders in situations like this.” 

Steidle has helped the rookies zone in on the game itself and to knock out the outside noise when on the hardwood. 

“I like to tell them to not worry about who is in the stands, don’t worry about scoring points or anything like that,” Steidle said. “The only way we’re going to win is if we all play together and worry about each other.” 

Battle, Thompson, Payton Foster and Emma Steidle, all freshmen, have taken that advice and run with it.

Friday’s performance put everyone on notice that the first-year stars are playing at a much higher level.

Now, the Pioneers get to play for hardware Sunday in the SJIBT championship against Moorestown Friends, the first title game for both programs. 

“It means so much. We’ve worked so hard and we just hope to have more success,” Steidle said. 

“This whole year has been so exciting,” Heitman said. “Everything has been so awesome. I can’t ask for anything more. It’s been fun to see them grow and playing as a team as we go toward the end of the season here.”

VOORHEES --- Clearview’s start to its SJIBT semifinal win over Bishop Eustace was remarkable to begin with. 

The first-half outbreak, which set the tone for a 62-49 victory, was even more stunning when you realize a trio of freshmen led the way. 

“They’ve been incredible all year,” Clearview head coach Casey Heitman said. “When they were announcing the kids, it was freshman, freshman, freshman, but most of the time they don’t play like freshmen.” 

Aaryn Battle and Kassidy Thompson each hit shots to start off the first quarter, and then the two racked up all 12 points scored by the Pioneers in the second stanza. 

“They’re so talented and to have that confidence as a freshman it means so much for their years to come. I’m so excited to see what they do once I graduate,” Clearview senior Bella Steidle said. 

Steidle provided a steady hand in the second half to finish off the upset of the top-seeded Crusaders. 

The senior scored 10 of Clearview’s 29 fourth-quarter points, seven of which came from the free-throw line.

Her leadership, along with fellow senior Olivia Marchei, help balance out what inexperience the freshmen may have left. 

“We rely on (Steidle) and (Marchei) to keep control and make sure we aren’t shooting the shots that we don’t need to take at the end,” Heitman said. “They step up as leaders in situations like this.” 

Steidle has helped the rookies zone in on the game itself and to knock out the outside noise when on the hardwood. 

“I like to tell them to not worry about who is in the stands, don’t worry about scoring points or anything like that,” Steidle said. “The only way we’re going to win is if we all play together and worry about each other.” 

Battle, Thompson, Payton Foster and Emma Steidle, all freshmen, have taken that advice and run with it.

Friday’s performance put everyone on notice that the first-year stars are playing at a much higher level.

Now, the Pioneers get to play for hardware Sunday in the SJIBT championship against Moorestown Friends, the first title game for both programs. 

“It means so much. We’ve worked so hard and we just hope to have more success,” Steidle said. 

“This whole year has been so exciting,” Heitman said. “Everything has been so awesome. I can’t ask for anything more. It’s been fun to see them grow and playing as a team as we go toward the end of the season here.” 

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