PARSIPPANY _ The circumstances were far from ideal for winning a basketball tournament.
A player sidelined with a concussion. Another out with a sprained ankle.
PARSIPPANY _ Some basketball teams don't have much depth but the Par-Troy Pacers Varsity Team has plenty.
Coach Dick Schlenger actually has what he refers to as "a starting seven."
LAWRENCEVILLE _ Shooting 3-pointers after taking the ball off a rack was unusual at first for Mountain Lakes' Katie Reese.
But, like any other situation that requires making adjustments, Reese adapted quickly.
MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Not long after Chatham's season-ending loss to Teaneck in a Group III semifinal, the team's standout guard, Amanda Berntsen, texted coach Joe Gaba.
"She asked if the gym was open in the morning or if anyone was using it after school," Gaba said.
TOMS RIVER _ Whether trailing by seven, 10 or 12 points in the Group I final, Whippany Park retained the same mindset.
"No matter what, we had to think we'd go ahead," Wildcats junior guard Alana Dudley said. "We never gave up hope."
TOMS RIVER _ Devin D'Amico had a wide smile on her face when she entered the Pine Belt Arena and looked around.
D'Amico, a senior guard, felt special and rightfully so. She and her Morris Catholic teammates had gotten themselves to a place they'd never been before.
FRANKLIN LAKES _ The task - getting past Teaneck in a Group III semifinal - was of monumental proportions but Chatham coach Joe Gaba wasn't going to change anything.
The Cougars have thrived in transition and they took the same approach against the Highwaywomen.
FRANKLIN LAKES _ Courtney Simon and her Whippany Park teammates erased last month's 18-point victory over Cresskill from their minds.
On the other hand, the Wildcats wanted to keep what they gleaned from that meeting with the Cougars in the forefront so they'd know how to handle them the second time around.
PATERSON _ In 35 years as a head basketball coach, Rich Fachet has had his share of success, guiding teams to conference and Morris County Tournament titles.
Sectional championships, though, have eluded him.
CHATHAM _ West Morris coach Fran Gavin had one primary objective when preparing for the North Jersey Section 2, Group III final against Chatham.
"I didn't want Amanda Berntsen blowing by everyone," Gavin said.
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