MOORESTOWN (N.J.) - Fresh off of back-to-back Olympic Conference wins over Seneca and Winslow, the Moorestown High School girls basketball team looked to earn its third straight win with conference rival Camden in its sight.
Moorestown High School's Mae Murphy, left, and Grace Hanuscin, right, combined for 18 points and were defensive leaders in a 30-17 win over Camden at Moorestown High School on Friday, February 3, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network
The Panthers came into the game averaging 48 points per game on offense. On the contrary, Moorestown was allowing an average of only 31 points per game on defense.
The Quakers' defense prevailed with a 30-17 victory on Friday night.
Camden led 11-10 at halftime.
Moorestown opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 16-11 lead and never looked back.
Moorestown's Grace Hanuscin led all scorers with 11 points. Mae Murphy added seven including a pivotal 3-pointer to give the Quakers needed momentum to close out the victory.
Camden's Bryce Harvey-Carr scored all of her team-high six points from the free throw line.
The Lady Quakers knew their assignment was to slow down the Camden offense and control the ball at their will.
"We knew what we had to do, Moorestown coach Matt Emerson said. "Camden plays a very good physical style of defense so we had to do the same when they had the ball and I think we did that very well."
Hanuscin was a prime example of the composure Moorestown showed after the intermission.
Emerson was keen on playing their style of basketball in the second half to grab a lead and eventually pull away with a win.
"At halftime he told us, 'you're all playing too uptight, Hanuscin said. "'Relax and play basketball, we're not out of this game so we're going to come out and take control.'
"This was a total team effort on offense and defense. There was no one person who lit up a single stat on the stat sheet. We all did our job tonight."