On Thursday afternoon, the Absegami High School girls’ basketball team won its first Boardwalk Classic tournament game in five years. On Friday, the Braves built on that accomplishment with their first Boardwalk Classic tournament championship since 2007.
Absegami defeated Wildwood, 40-30, to win the Kaitlin Anzelone Bracket championship at the Boardwalk Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Friday afternoon, Dec. 28.
Jenna Seddon led the way with 12 points, an assist, seven steals and three rebounds, according to statistics on the tournament's website. Eva Sodaitis had 11 points, an assist, three blocks, two steals and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Braves.
The Braves built a 14-1 lead in the first quarter. The Braves maintained a large lead throughout the course of the game.
Wildwood rallied in the fourth quarter. The Braves led by as much as 30-17 with 2:20 left in the third. Wildwood went on a 13-6 run to pull within 36-30 with just over a minute to go in the game. Wildwood committed fouls in an effort to catch up, but Absegami hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to end the game.
Absegami won four straight Boardwalk Classic titles, from 2004-2007, according to the tournament’s website. This included titles in 2005 and 2006, when the team also won back-to-back state championships.
The Braves hadn’t won a tournament game since, although they didn’t compete in the tournament in 2010. That ended Thursday with its 82-10 win over the Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT), a victory that also served as the Braves’ first of the 2012-13 season.
The Braves pulled to within a game of .500 at 2-3, scoring 122 points in two days. The Braves scored 89 points in their previous three games combined, according to maxpreps.com.
Arielle Schafer had 10 points, one block, one steal and seven rebounds. Mary Riggs had six points, two assists and three rebounds.
Brielle Clark had one point, an assist, a steal and seven rebounds. Miranda Romsburg had an assist and six rebounds in the win