The top-seeded lady Falcons took on the underdog sixteen-seeded Mahwah Tuesday night at The Nest, in the first of a Falcons boys/girls double header. The Falcons dominated the scoreboard yet again over Mahwah, racking up a stellar 48 points in their 48-32 win.
It was Ivana Tisma leading the way for the Falcons as the star sophomore tallied 16 points on the night. The majority of the remainder of the scoring was accounted for by Patricia Orlandoni, who had 10 points and Ally Legora who put together an eight-point night.
J-Town got out to a fast start in the game, connecting on the majority of their opportunities. Their defense and rebounding also came together with the help of Mackenzie Rock, as Jefferson finished the first with a strong 12-5 advantage.
It would be more of the same prior to halftime. The Falcons continued to take advantage of their scoring chances while also maintaining a strong defense against Mahwah. Heading into halftime, Jefferson led by 10 points and had all of the momentum.
The three-pointer wasn’t as prominent for the Falcons in the second half. The girls struggled connecting on the shots they hit earlier in the game and were forced to make a change to their offensive plans. However, on the fly they continued to score by moving the ball more and finding the open shot inside, not particularly looking for the outside shot.
When it was all said and done, the Falcons toppled another opponent 48-32, in a game which was honestly not as close as the final score indicated.
My player of the game was the sophomore Ivana Tisma. When Tisma is at full strength, it just evident how unstoppable she can be when she plays full speed and it showed Tuesday night.
The girls’ next game will depend on the winner of nine-seeded Demarest and eight-seeded Lakeland. Regardless of the winner, the girls will be back at home Thursday night for another boys/girls states doubleheader.