IN THE NEWS: Mount's Basketball Team is 4-3 in Conference Play

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy basketball team has been playing competitively for the past few weeks.

The Lions (4-7) had a three-game winning streak that began Friday, Jan. 3 with a victory over Millburn, 43-29. They came from behind for the next victory over Newark Collegiate, 55-35, on Thursday, Jan. 9.

“Newark Collegiate came out with a lot of confidence and jumped out to a 14-12 first-quarter lead,” said head coach Dave Mead. “We proceeded to outscore them, 29-7, over the next two quarters to open up our lead. Jade Larkin led Mount with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Juliet Howell added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Amanda Micciche scored 10 points, while Bianca Coltenback was a ‘stat sheet stuffer’ with eight points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks.”

The Lions next defeated Shabazz on Saturday, Jan. 11. “We defeated Shabazz High School on a Saturday afternoon and evened our record to 4-4 with a 47-27 victory,” Mead said. “Bianca Coltenback led all scorers with 16 points, and Alexa Murphy and Amanda Micciche each scored 10 points.”

The Mount then had a few losses to tough competitors. The team lost to Livingston, 45-39, on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

“We lost a hard-fought game to Livingston,” Mead said. “Juliet Howell led all scorers with 17 points, while Amanda Micciche scored 10 points.”

The Lions lost a close game to Caldwell, 58-54, in overtime Thursday, Jan. 16. Howell had a team-high 15 points, while Murphy and Coltenback each scored 10 points.

The team’s most recent game was a 55-42 loss to Nutley on Friday, Jan. 17.

“We dropped our third game of the week to a very strong Nutley team,” the coach said. “Amanda Micciche scored 15 points, and Jade Larkin scored 13 points.”

The seeding meeting for the Essex County Tournament will take place Monday, Jan. 27, with preliminary round matchups beginning Thursday, Jan. 30.

The Lions are 4-3 in the Super Essex Conference.

They opened the season with a victory over conference rival Montclair, 51-13, on Dec. 20. They then lost four straight to out-of-conference rivals, including a heart-breaker against DePaul, 46-45, on Dec. 23 and a 55-26 loss to Pope John on Dec. 26. They also lost to St. Elizabeth, 62-52, on Dec. 27 and to Montclair Immaculate, 70-43, on Dec. 29 in the Mount St. Dominic Holiday Basketball Festival.

“Our Christmas tournament always has the toughest competition,” Mead had said. “Pope John, St. Elizabeth Academy, Montclair Immaculate, Hudson Catholic and Rutgers Prep were all coming off 20-win seasons.”

The Lions were set to play Cedar Grove on Tuesday, Jan. 21. They are scheduled to play Montclair on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Millburn on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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