Paden hits 1,000, Willingboro wins

Posted: February 19, 2012

Ronny Paden made sure he would remember his 1,000th point, reaching the milestone on a dunk, and his teammates on the second-ranked Willingboro boys' basketball team joined in on the fun by coasting past Kingsway, 96-74, on Saturday in the Cherry Hill East Invitational.

Paden finished the game with 17 points, boosting his career total to 1,007. But the senior was far from the only star for the Chimeras.

Tyrell Maloney connected on seven three-point shots in scoring 34, including 13 points in a game-opening 27-4 blitz. Joseph Ricks added 18 points for Willingboro, which ended any suspense with a 37-15 spree in the third quarter. Ray Lawry's 26 points headed Kingsway's attack.

Host Cherry Hill East outlasted Haddonfield, 62-59 in overtime, as Marc Schlessel (30 points) scored 11 in a 22-13 fourth-quarter rally - including the tying three-pointer at the regulation buzzer - and then added five points in the extra period. Billy Griffin's 25 points paced the Bulldogs, who enjoyed a 30-14 halftime lead.


Girls' Basketball

Twin sisters Kylie and Kelly Giedemann combined for 22 points in a 24-9 game-ending run, rallying ninth-ranked Washington Township to a 58-52 win at Woodrow Wilson in an Olympic Conference inter-division clash.

Kylie Giedemann picked up 18 of her 24 points in the second half, and Kelly Giedemann scored 17 of her 22 after intermission - including 7 of 8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Kamari Talley's 23 points and five steals led the Tigers.

Eighth-ranked Shawnee also needed a second-half comeback to pull out a 48-39 victory at Camden Catholic. Erin Molina had 14 points for the Renegades, who outscored the Irish, 27-17, over the final two quarters.


Indoor Track and Field

Bridgeton's Braheme Days came close to the 70-foot mark in winning the shot put, and Willingboro's Isaac Williams won three events at the NJSIAA state Group 2 championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Days, a junior, posted the state's best throw of the season at 69 feet, 2 inches.

Williams helped the Chimeras to the team title with gold medals in the 55 meters, 55 hurdles and high jump.

Group 3. Oakcrest won the boys' team title and Winslow Township claimed the girls' trophy.

Oakcrest got a 1-2-3 finish in the 55, led by Fabian Santiago, and Akmed Muhammad won the 400. Shawnee's Connor Herr won the 3,200 and Timber Creek's Brandon Gray took the high jump.

Winslow's win featured Stey'ce McNeill's first places in the 55, 400 and 55 hurdles, while Shawnee's Kristen Niedrach ran the state's fastest 1,600 this winter in 5:01.86.

Group 1. Pleasantville edged Woodbury by three points for the boys' team title, getting wins from Isaac Clark in the 800, Dontaye Rivera in the shot put and the 4x400 relay quartet anchored by Clark.

Woodbury's Anthony Averett won the 55 dash by a margin of two-hundreths of a second, and also high jumped 6-6 for first place.

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