DELRAN-- Haddon Township need a gut-check moment at halftime of its 43-37 win over Rancocas Valley.
The Hawks admittedly struggled with the half-court press thrown at them by the Red Devils, but they rallied to score 21 points in the fourth quarter to kick off Holy Cross Prep’s Coaches for Cancer Shootout with a victory on Friday.
“We were not ready for that 1-3-1 press with the trapping,” Haddon Township senior Lindsey Getzinger said. “At halftime, we pulled it all together and had a real gut check. We really started getting into it in the second half and were playing for each other.”
What was even more impressive about Haddon Township’s 10th win of the season is it held on to the lead in the final 1:52 with senior Madison Bradley on the bench after fouling out.
“With Maddie fouling out, we were definitely worried, but also everybody just looked like they belonged out there,” Haddon Township head coach Tommy Mulligan said.
Sophomore Sydney Farnham, senior Greyson Moroney, Getzinger and a few others stepped up in the final two minutes to preserve an important victory.
“That’s huge because we know in playoffs people are going to get in foul trouble and it’s good that we can count on younger people to step up and make big-time foul shots and be confident out on the floor for us,” Moroney said.
The Hawks got into the position of closing out the game thanks to an offensive outburst led by Getzinger and Bradley, who combined for 14 of the team’s 21 fourth-quarter points.
“We have to play for each other, but sometimes you need to be selfish and you just have to win the game,” Getzinger said.
“I think our seniors have been a huge part of our success this season,” Farnham said. “They’ve really taken great leadership. Maddie, Getz and Greyson just always come out and play for one another and play for us and sometimes they have to step up because we’re going to fall short.”
By beating a Group 4 team through overcoming an offensive drought and foul trouble to one of its leaders, Haddon Township passed one of its toughest tests of the season and set itself up for a high placing in the South Jersey Group 1 bracket.
“It was definitely a big win as seedings are coming up, power-point wise,” Moroney said. “We definitely had a gut check at halftime and came out strong and played together and I think that played a big part in it.”
The upperclassmen knew exactly how important Friday’s win was, and they’re hoping it conveys in about a month’s time when the postseason begins.
“It makes me proud,” Getzinger said. “We want to go out with a bang and I know the underclassmen want to help us get there.”