Girls Basketball Wins Third Straight Bergen County CHP Title

SRDS defeated Pascack Valley, 60-55 to 3-peat in the Bergen County Championship game on Feb. 18th before a sold out house.

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The gym at Ramapo College has become a second address for Michelle Sidor and the junior was feeling at home for top-seeded Saddle River Day in a 60-55 win over second-seeded Pascack Valley in the Bergen County final on Sunday.

Sidor dropped 35 points for the Rebels, No. 10 in the Top 20, as they reaffirmed their place at the top of the mountain in Bergen County with their third straight county crown. Saddle River Day became the first program to accomplish that feat since Teaneck won its last title of a 3-peat back in 1988.

The offensive effort is nothing new in the title game for Sidor, who scored 28 last year in the final and 34 in the 2016 championship. Her performance against No. 9 Pascack Valley this year was jaw-dropping though considering she had been in a shooting slump the last few games.

"We did a walk-through at 11:30 this morning and I just stood there and watched her and it was an absolutely different focus and just a different level," said Saddle River Day coach Danny Brown. "She knows and understands what this game means to the county and what it does for a program carrying that title into the spring, into the summer and into the fall. She put it on her back today and she bought into what it would take for us to win."

Pascack Valley came out with an ideal start in the county final, going ahead 6-0 in a hurry in its first championship appearance since 2008. That lead would slip away, but the Indians did not let that deter them, keeping stride with Saddle River Day and hanging onto a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Saddle River Day found its rhythm in the second quarter and went on a 5-0 run that gave it a 24-21 lead with 2:54 left in the first half. That lead wouldn't last long, however, and after 50 seconds of working the ball around, Pascack Valley scored its first of back-to-back baskets. Those scores gave the Indians the lead right back and had Pascack Valley in good shape with the break quickly approaching. Brianna Wong led the way during that run and had 15 of her team-high 31 points in the first half.

Sidor wasn't ready to go into the locker room in a sour mood though and scored three times in the last two minutes of the second quarter. Her first strike came from 3-point range and answered a deep ball from Wong on the other end. Saddle River Day held a 32-28 lead going into halftime thanks to Sidor, who scored the last five points of the half.

"The atmosphere here is amazing," said Sidor. "We know that we're doing something special and we knew we had a chance to win three county championships in a row and I don't know how many teams have done that. We knew this was a special game and we know we had to come together to do it because no one can do something like this on their own. Shooting-wise, I haven't had my best games lately, so I worked really hard in practice and fixed my shot. "I just love playing in front of this crowd. It's a lot of fun and it brings a different kind of energy to my game."

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Thanks to all the hard work from our coaching staff: Head Coach Danny Brown and Assistant Coaches Megan Thomas and Mercedez Walker who put in countless hours with the team.


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