DELRAN (N.J.) - Holy Cross Prep's girls basketball team was looking to complete a season sweep of its crosstown rival, Delran, after securing a 54-32 win over Pemberton on Monday.
Holy Cross Prep's Julia Zimmerman, left, and Molly Frith, right, combined for 24 of their team's 43 points in a victory over Delran at Delran High School on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network
The Bears jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter before Cross rallied to establish a 19-17 advantage at halftime. The Lancers' lead was short-lived as a 29-29 tie was the result after three periods.
Holy Cross Prep proceeded to complete its mission with a 43-38 victory over Delran in a Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division showdown on Wednesday night. Julia Zimmerman powered the Lancers with a game-high 15 points, including four 3-pointers, as Molly Frith pitched in nine.
Kean commit Riley Ahrens matched Zimmerman's game-high with 15 points for the Lady Bears. Mya Jackson added nine for Delran.
The result was personal for Frith as she previously transferred from Delran.
"This was a very fun game to be a part of," she said. "To get a win over my hometown and the school I transferred from is special."
The Delran fans provided an electric atmosphere and erupted after each basket scored in favor of the hosts.
Holy Cross Prep coach Aly Flanagan praised her team for the toughness exerted in a rugged environment as it translated to a win over a talented program.
"I'm so proud of my girls," Flanagan said. "To get a win like this in a hostile and loud environment just shows how much they've grown."
The Lancers flashed their poise, despite employing a starting lineup that consisted of three sophomores, a junior and a senior. Holy Cross' execution could lead one to assume the Lancers were a group of seasoned veterans.
And that's not the case.
"We're a young team," Flanagan said. "We only have two seniors on the roster. For our girls to show the composure and fight back from any and every deficit, is a great sign with playoffs around the corner."