WOODBURY HEIGHTS (N.J.) - Two of the top Colonial Conference high school girls basketball programs, Gateway and Sterling, faced off on Tuesday with a huge pot of power points on the table.
Morgan Sims, left, and Bridget Dickson, right, combined for 42 of Sterling's 51 points in a victory over Gateway in the game played at Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury Heights on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network
Sterling's Morgan Sims and Bridget Dickson decided the the most effective way to secure power points was to score points.
The tandem combined for 42 points as the Silver Knights cruised past Gateway, 51-35, on Tuesday night.
Sterling increased its winning streak to four games.
Dickson's opening three-pointer provided the Lady Knights with the first lead of the evening. Sterling never trailed.
Sims led all scorers with 23 points, including five three-pointers, and Dickson pitched in 19.
Angelina Zagone led Gateway with 22 points with three successful three-point field goals of her own.
"This was a big win for us," Sterling coach Kate McDonald said. "It's a huge power point swing and benefits us in a big way with power points, (and) also in a sense that we beat a very talented team in Gateway as well."
The victory was a product of the Silver Knights' one-game-at-a-time approach and provided the team with momentum going forward.
"We like to take things one game at a time," Dickson said. "Gateway is a good team and moving forward every win shows us that we have the ability to beat any team we may play."
Sterling improved its record to 10-3 and Gateway fell to 8-5.
Both teams continue conference play with the Silver Knights hosting Paulsboro and Gateway traveling to West Deptford on January 19.