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Pauldos power Crusaders to MCT crown

RANDOLPH _ Morris Catholic freshman Jacqueline Edelman had been here before. Sort of. That's why Edelman, a 6-foot guard/forward, is accustomed to the fanfare and hoopla surrounding high-pressure games, like the Morris County Girls Basketball Tournament final on Friday, Feb. 16. "I wasn't really nervous. No. Barely," said Edelman, a resident of Augusta. "I've played in thousands of games." That may have been a slight exaggeration but, no doubt about it, Edelman is beyond battle tested. Still, each time she takes to the hardwood, she's thrilled and motivated to make memories. And, the top-seeded Crusaders' 73-41 victory over Chatham in…

MCT 2024 Final: Crusaders, Chatham

RANDOLPH _The fantasy novel Madison Miller held in her hand said it all and more... "A Court of Wings and Ruin." The title of the 736-page book can be applied to Morris Catholic's season, one in which it has ruled the hardwood, leaving opposing teams reeling with their ability to crush opponent's hopes. Morristown, which fell behind early but rallied to come within eight points 3:19 after halftime, was the 21st team to experience the Crusaders' relentlessness. The Colonials had exceptional stretches but were defeated 70-38 by top-seeded and defending champion Morris Catholic in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on…

MC, Colonials secure berths in Final Four

  DENVILLE _ Morris Catholic has relied on many different elements to formulate an ultra-successful 2023-24 season.   Two of those elements are sophomore Kennedy Brown and senior Madison Miller, both transfers from Pope John in Sparta.   Brown and Miller, along with identical junior twin sisters Mya and Mia Pauldo, senior center Alexis Rosenfeld and freshman forward Jacquline Edelman, helped lead the top-seeded Crusaders to a 76-22 victory over ninth-seeded Morris Knolls in a Morris County Girls Basketball Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Morris Knolls High School.   Morris Catholic, which has won the last two MCT…

Jefferson, Chatham gain MCT semifinals

DENVILLE _ When it comes to free throws, a well-known idiom applies to the Jefferson girls basketball team. They know the drill. Or, in this instance, the drills. The sixth-seeded Falcons work diligently on their foul shots during practice sessions, engaging in drill after drill. They prepare for pressure situations and possible late-game fatigue. On Saturday, Feb. 3, it all paid off - again - when Jefferson defeated No. 3 Madison 41-35 in overtime in a Morris County Girls Basketball Tournament quarterfinal at Morris Knolls High School. In the second game of the quadruple header, second-seeded Chatham beat No. 7…

HP's Conte impresses at BCWCA Tourney

ELMWOOD PARK _ Gabriella Conte of Hanover Park certainly made a major splash with an ultra-strong performance at her first big scholastic tournament. Conte, a freshman, swept the 100-pound title at the fifth annual Bergen County Women's Coaches Association (BCWCA) Girls Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Elmwood Park High School. Conte won all of her four bouts, including pinning Lakeland's Olivia McCormick in the 100-pound championship match, and earned most outstanding wrestler at the top-shelf event for her excellent effort.   Also earning gold medals at the BCWCA Tourney were 2023 state champions Paige Weiss of Sparta at 114 pounds and…

Madison triumphs on road in opener

PEQUANNOCK _ Eight minutes into the season, Madison was up by 13 and seemingy on track for a blowout win over Pequannock. Instead, that impressive start, which was marked by superb passing and incessant communication, especially on defense, dwindled and, ultimately, disappeared late in the third quarter. The Dodgers went from dominant early on to highly concerned as the Golden Panthers closed in and tied the score. Madison, however, endured what its coach, Lisa DiTuro, referred to as an "experience" and triumphed 52-39 over Pequannock in a NJAC-Liberty Divison opening-day game on Thursday, Dec. 14. "I'm proud for this experience…