Akeelah Lafleur (22) and Jani Scott (4) combined for 24 points in Westampton Tech’s 63-41 win over Holy Cross Prep at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, New Jersey on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Kevin Emmons/South Jersey Sports Zone
WESTAMPTON - Westampton Tech girls basketball coach Darrell White felt "insecure" about his team having six days of rest.
The Panthers, ranked sixth in the South Jersey Sports Zone preseason Top 15 girls high school basketball rankings, dominated Route 630 rival Pemberton on Opening Day and didn't play again for nearly a week.
They showed no signs of stagnancy as a 16-0 run in the first quarter propelled them to a 63-41 victory over previously unbeaten Holy Cross Prep on Wednesday night.
"I'm insecure about the continuity of our season so far," White said. "We only played one game in the last two weeks so I kind of overload them a little bit. They're hungry. They have a really good chemistry already and they bought into our culture."
Willingboro transfers Jani Scott and Akeelah Lafleur scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Westampton Tech's 16-0 run to inaugurate the contest was countered by an 11-5 run by the Lancers. Holy Cross Prep's Molly Frith buried a pair of 3-pointers and Julia Zimmermann added a triple to help cut the deficit to 10 points after one quarter.
Scott responded with nine of her 11 first-half points in the second quarter. The Panthers opened the second period with six unanswered points and eventually closed the opening half on a 14-0 run. The junior also finished with nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. Her 4.8-mile transition from Willingboro to Westampton Tech has been seamless.