At halftime, it didn't look good as Brookdale skipped their way toward the locker room with a 28-12 lead at the break. Little did they know, Head Coach James Boney and his team weren't concerned at all. The Dukes fought back, chipping away on the offensive end and stifling the Jersey Blues on the defensive end, allowing only 14 points in the second half. With 8 minutes to go in the game, Cumberland's leading scorer and the GSAC player of the year, Alicia Cox joined Mackenzie Wimberg on the bench with five fouls. Tess Elder and Kyra Lunford, both all-conference selections as well, put the team on their back offensively for the next 7 minutes and 45 seconds. But it was unsung hero and Wimberg's replacement, Meghan McMahon who grabbed an offensive rebound with the game locked at 41, and put back the winning basket with 11.2 seconds remaining.
It was all smiles after the game, but those didn't last long. After the game, James Boney acknowledged the great win and big step for the program but he said, "We still have one game left to accomplish what we came here to do". The Dukes will now face Ocean County College in the Region XIX Championship this Saturday March 2nd at 2:30PM. Come out and support your Dukes as they strive for the program's first Region 19 championship.
The game can be followed via live webcast at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/pages/122.asp .