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Chatham has new mentality

CHATHAM _ They perform on the court, not on the world-renowned stages of The Great White Way, but the idea is the same. When Chatham coach Joe Gaba asked his players what they expect when they attend a Broadway play, they responded exactly how he thought they would.

Crimson fall in tournament final

SPRINGFIELD _ Kennedi Monteith's third-quarter play was a showstopper, one that should have provided additional fuel for Morristown-Beard's comeback. The Crimson rallied after halftime, recovering from a 10-point deficit. With 2:15 left in the third period, Monteith dove and skidded over the endline, preventing a loose ball from going out of bounds.

Picture this: Montville takes Marauder championship

MOUNT OLIVE _ The Montville players were beaming as they assembled near halfcourt after defeating Mount Olive 41-35 in the final of the Marauder Tournament on Thursday afternoon. The taking of a team photo after claiming a title isn't a commonplace occurrence for the Mustangs so this was extra special.

Udell, Malman power Mendham

BASKING RIDGE _ Mendham sophomore guard Aubree Udell made a quick jersey switch at the start of the fourth quarter, swapping her No. 5 for Erin Morris' No. 14. The change was necessitated by a scratch Udell sustained on her wrist during a game against Union. Blood got on her jersey so she was forced to borrow from Morris, sidelined with an injury.

Career-high 38 for Ericksen

BASKING RIDGE _ After three quarters, West Morris' lead in its game against Linden had swelled to a robust 16 points. The Wolfpack had been in control for awhile, building a sizeable advantage with a 20-9 showing in the third quarter.

Falcons win despite key injury

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Jefferson sophomore Imani Brown was perfectly content with her situation this season. Brown figured she'd see a fair amount of minutes and ease into being a member of the varsity squad.

Vikings rebound with "W"

HANOVER _ Villa Walsh's players made a pact not long after last Thursday's 33-point setback to Morris Catholic. The Vikings, urged to have a team conversation by coach Margo Connors, agreed that the gap between them and the Crusaders was wide but chose not to view the loss as a negative. They put their heads together and made the decision to zero in on what junior guard Kerri Clifford termed "the little things."

Wildcats have many strengths

HANOVER _ Whippany Park has dazzled with 3-pointers early in the season, building substantial leads. The Wildcats, though, are well aware their long-term game plan can't revolve solely around baskets from beyond the arc.

Deep Morris Hills now 3-0

ROCKAWAY _ Morris Hills' bench is seemingly endless. For the first time in awhile, the Scarlet Knights can go nine, even 10 deep, and that may prove to be their greatest asset.

Rams' pressure too much for Morris Knolls

DENVILLE _ Each and every game, from start to finish, Randolph has the same intentions: To press and frustrate. Why not? The athletic and experienced Rams have the personnel necessary to defend the entire court and cause turnovers.