Baldwin's big second quarter downs MacArthur
The Lady Bruins are still alive for the Nassau Conference AA-II title.
Chelsea May led the way emotionally and offensively with 11 points and 5 rebounds as Baldwin knocked off MacArthur, 55-34, on senior night.
The Lady Bruins (12-3, 10-1 in Conference AA-II) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead over MacArthur to really set the pace of the game early on. May was the true catalyst to the early attack scoring five quick points.
“I was actually very, very nervous,” said the senior May playing in her final regular season home game. “I had to calm down, relax, and do what I’m best at doing which is rebound the basketball.”
Baldwin was looking to enact a measure of revenge on the Lady Generals after MacArthur was victorious in their previous meeting on January 15, 59-55.
“That was just something to get us amped for the next time around, and it did,” May continues, “we came in and played like we are supposed to from the jump.”
MacArthur (13-3, 10-1 in Conference AA-II) would go on a run of their own late in the first quarter to cut the lead to 11-10, and they would follow that effort with a 7-1 run to even the score up at 17 apiece. Jena Cozza, 11 points and nine rebounds, was integral to effort scoring six out of the seven points during that run.
From there it was all Baldwin.
The Lady Bruins would proceed to go on a 20-2 run to break the game right open in the early stages of the third quarter. Tiara Place (seven points, five rebounds), Jade Aponte, Tyra Harrison, and seventh grader Jenna Annecchiarico each shined during that long stretch that ensure the 21-point victory.
“The mindset is to just relax and shut them down which is what I believe we did today,” said May.
Harrison and Aponte each finished with 12 points while Baldwin’s other senior honored during the pregame ceremony, Ashley McAdams, contributed four points and nine rebounds in the victory.
From here Baldwin is still looking forward to bigger and better things.
“We can take it all the way again,” May says.
With efforts like the one shown on Monday evening there is no reason why that could not be the case.
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