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Chatham rallies to state win

CHATHAM _ Veronica Kelly admires Chatham teammate Chloe Blanc for her ability to stay composed, no matter what. That's why Kelly was glad Blanc, a fellow sophomore, was the one standing on the free throw line most often in overtime.

Montville rallies past Indian Hills

MONTVILLE _ Derek Lynn estimates it was about 10 minutes before Montville raised the level of its game. The Mustangs had a rough time at the start of their North Jersey Section 1, Group III opener on Monday, Feb. 29, trailing Indian Hills by six points after the first quarter.

Three-sport standout has been on scoring tear

HANOVER _ Mount Olive's Sarah McEvoy has been on a scoring tear of late, chasing a milestone that did not seem possible until a few weeks ago. Three of McEvoy's last four offensive efforts were 30 or more points, including a career-high 36 against Vernon on Feb. 23.

Johnson, Crusaders dispatch Morristown

RANDOLPH _ Morris Catholic's Stella Johnson expects to see nearly all of Morristown's starting five at a New Jersey Panthers training session on Sunday. Over the last few summers, Johnson, whose 13 points and eight rebounds helped the top-seeded Crusaders to a 48-27 victory over Morristown and a fourth consecutive Morris County Tournament title on Friday, Feb. 26 at County College of Morris, has been teammates with many of Colonials in the highly regarded AAU program.

Schubiger powers Morristown

RANDOLPH _ Morristown's Kimberly Calloway navigated her way through Jefferson's defense and over halfcourt to open space.  With the Colonials holding a three-point edge and 32 seconds on the clock, Calloway figured she was all alone and went in for a layup.

Klimek scores 1,000th point

PEQUANNOCK _ Emily Klepacki and Carly Klimek hatched the plan on Tuesday while watching Pequannock's junior varsity game against Parsippany. "Car, I need to be the one to pass to you," Klepacki said, hoping to get the assist when Klimek scored her 1,000th point. "It's got to be me."

Johnson paces Morris Catholic

DENVILLE _ Stella Johnson and the rest of the Morris Catholic basketball team are well aware that Morris County opponents are going to do everything in their power to stop them from winning a fourth consecutive county title this year. "They just want to beat us," Johnson said. "Over the summer, parents were telling me 'We are going to beat you this year.'"

Jefferson, Morristown triumph

DENVILLE _ There are days when Jefferson guard Taylor Langan asks herself what she would do if she didn't play basketball. The sport is clearly her passion. Her love. Something Langan is ultra hooked into.

Late burst propels Gibbs, Boonton

BOONTON _ A month ago, Butler thrived with its press, rattling Boonton and causing it to turn the ball over frequently. The result was a 20-point loss for the Bombers and a lot of angst for guard Rhiannon Groll, who felt a little more responsible for the setback because she's a senior and the primary ballhandler.