By Bobby Girgenti
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College women’s basketball team improved its record to 8-2 by beating rival Rowan College at Gloucester County 61-57 on Nov. 21.
The game was packed to the doors with Cougar and Road Runner fans and the gym was electric when the tipoff took place.
An impact player for the Cougars, Olivia Pierman, has shown great strength and leadership on the court as a freshman. About Camden County’s success so far this season and what the rest of the season may hold, Pierman said, “It is always awesome having a great start. It gives us momentum for the rest of the season that hopefully leads us into playoffs.”
The scoring and momentum of the game went back and forth all 40 minutes. At halftime the Cougars trailed RCGC by five points but that did not stop the Cougars from playing their game.
The tide of the game swung in the direction of the Cougars toward the final stretch as they took the lead with 2:10 left in the game. The Road Runners could not regain the lead as the Cougars played inspired defense at the end of the game. John Merkh, the clock operator at home games, said, “It is always fun to watch these girls play. They play together and that’s why they come out on top more times than not.”
Pierman said beating their rivals was important to the Cougars. “It feels amazing. It is always a good feeling when you beat your rivals. We knew it was going to be a hard game and we were able to come out with the win.”
She noted playing well together matters to the team. “Chemistry has been a big part and knowing what we have to do every game. We do not take any game for granted.”
The Cougars finished the day as the number one team in the conference and a top five team in the region.