WESTAMPTON (N.J.) - Westampton Tech sophomore Mikayla Taylor didn't let the moment get too big for her down the stretch.
Taylor flashed her ability to score from every level as her game-high 18 points propelled the Lady Panthers to a 60-46 victory over Timber Creek in the South Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals. Taylor tallied 12 of her 18 in the second half.
"I was just playing basketball out there," Taylor said. "With this core to get this far, we made sure we just wanted to keep things under control in our hands."
Westampton Tech's Mikayla Taylor showcased her ability to score from each level as she tallied a game-high 18 points in a 60-46 win over Timber Creek in the quarterfinal round of the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs at the Burlington County Institute of Technology's Westampton campus in Westampton, New Jersey on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network
The Panthers dominated the first two quarters and led 32-21 at halftime. The second half was no different as Westampton Tech extended its lead.
Nyla Williams added 13 points for the Lady Panthers.
Nicholle Green led Timber Creek with a team-high 15 as Jessina Edwards and Asha Gray chipped in nine each.
Both Westampton Tech and Timber Creek are teeming with youth and talent. The Chargers start two sophomores, a senior, a junior and a freshman. WesTech's starting group is identical in terms of grade.
"One thing I'm so grateful for is how good this team is with how young they are," Westampton Tech coach Darrell White said. "It gives me the opportunity to not only coach but teach these young ladies how to be good basketball players and also how to be good people as well."
Timber Creek coach MollyAnne Light is optimistic about her squad's future despite the shortcoming against the Lady Panthers.
"We're young, and the lights may have just been a bit too bright for us," Light said. "This is a learning point for us. I'm excited for next season because even though we just lost in a game that went final minutes ago, the girls were already talking about running it back next season and getting after it for next winter."