Basketball Team Doubled Hoops Win Total
Mount St. Dominic doubled hoops win total
By NANCY D’UVA Contributing Writer for The Progress
Mar 14, 2018
CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic basketball team just concluded its most successful season in several years.
The Lions finished with a 10-15 record and were 6-8 in the Colonial Division of the Super Essex Conference.
“We doubled our win total from last year, and had double-digit wins for the first time since the 2012-2013 season,” said David Mead, who just completed his second season as head coach. We had a home record of seven wins and six losses, including winning our last two home games (Wayne Hills and DePaul).”
The Lions earned the seventh seed in the state’s Non-Public A North tournament. They defeated 10th-seeded DePaul, 44-37, in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
“Defeating DePaul was the first time Mount St. Dominic won a state game since the 2014 season,” Mead said. “Abby Garaban scored 16 points, going 12-17 from the free-throw line, and Megan Robinson scored 13 points.”
Mount St. Dominic fell to second-seeded Paramus Catholic, 62-32, in the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 2. Senior Gabby Radici scored 18 points in the loss.
Mount St. Dominic earned the 16th seed in the Essex County Tournament. It defeated 29th-seeded North 13th Street Tech, 49-16, in the play-in round on Thursday, Feb. 1. In that game, Robinson, a sophomore, scored 14 points, and Radici had 10 points.
The squad fell to 17th-seeded Bloomfield, 40-30, in the preliminary round on Thursday, Feb. 8. Robinson led all scorers with 14 points in that game.
Garaban, a junior, led the team offensively.
Core Group Returns
“Abby Garaban led us in scoring with 13 points per game and shot 68% from the free-throw line,” Mead said. “Abby scored in double figures in 12 out of 14 conference games. Her season high was 21 points at West Essex.”
Also leading the team were Robinson and Radici.
“Megan averaged 10 points per game and shot 64 percent from the free-throw line. Her season high was 21 points in our home game vs Bloomfield Tech,” Mead said. “Gabby averaged nine points per game and 11 rebounds per game. She had three double-doubles this season vs. conference opponents.”
Radici had 14 points and 15 rebounds in a game against Caldwell; 13 points and 13 rebounds in another game against Caldwell, and 14 points and 10 rebounds against Cedar Grove.
The Lions’ other victories came against Caldwell, 37-36, on Dec. 15; Livingston, 41-33, on Dec. 21; Barringer, 54-20, on Jan. 3; Bloomfield Tech, 52-48, on Jan. 9; Caldwell, 39-30, on Jan. 18; Livingston, 37-27, on Jan. 25; and Cedar Grove, 46-34, on Jan. 30.
The Lions will return a core group of players next season, as they are losing three seniors, Radici, Keshea Brown, and Morgan Palumbo, to graduation.
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