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Chatham survives slow start in MCT

DENVILLE _ Chatham got off to a slow start but it didn't take very long for it to right itself. Senior Camryn Davies’ three 3-pointers in the first half helped facilitate the Cougars’ rally en route to a 38-28 victory over Mendham in the quarterfinal round of the Morris County Tournament at Morris Knolls on Saturday, Feb. 10. Third-seeded Chatham will face second-seeded Morris Catholic in the first game of a semifinal doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 at County College of Morris. Morris Catholic advanced with a 33-24 decision over 10th-seeded West Morris. Sixth-seeded Mendham (11-11), playing without…

Rams hang on versus Butler

BUTLER _ Randolph is relatively adept at holding leads. Rarely do the Rams, in spite of their inexperience, allow a substantial advantage to slip away. On Thursday, Feb. 8, Randolph in command by 17 points after three quarters, may have gotten a bit too comfortable and allowed Butler to come within five. The undesirable circumstances caused the Rams to dig deep and they emerged with a 57-50 victory over the Bulldogs in non-conference action. "The lead wasn't taken seriously," Randolph coach Pete Torres said. "The girls were looking for their own shots and putting bad ones up. It turned into…

Strong third quarter elevates Hornets

EAST HANOVER _ Morris Knolls' decision to clamp down on Kelsey Stites, who scored in double figures in the first half, served as incentive for Hanover Park in its Morris County Tournament first-round game versus the Golden Eagles. With Stites under close watch in the Golden Eagles' diamond-and-one defense, eighth-seeded Hanover Park had the opportunity to show off the rest of its talent and exhibit its depth. The Hornets netted four 3-pointers, two by junior guard Camryn Coffey, in the third period outscored Morris Knolls 19-6 to break open a game that was deadlocked 30-30 at halftime. Stites had only…

Montville stuns MC, High Point

MONTVILLE _ Having active hands and talking on defense were what it'd take for Montville to upend Morris Catholic. Those reminders, actually necessities, were written prominently on the whiteboard in the Mustangs' team room. They were also ingrained in the minds of the Montville players. Stick to the plan and the Mustangs could very well be rewarded. As it turned out, the well-executed matchup zone was at the forefront of Montville's 47-28 victory over the Crusaders in non-conference action on Thursday, Jan. 25. Also prominent were Dani Campbell's 12 points and Emma Wax's 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and…

Colonials are top seed for MCT

MORRISTOWN _ After a 37-year drought, Morristown, powered by Elizabeth Strambi, captured the Morris County Girls Basketball Tournament title last winter.  The top-seeded Colonials, awarded the No. 1 seed for the 2018 MCT at the seeding meeting held on Sunday, Jan. 21 at Villa Walsh, are ready to defend. The 10-1 Colonials have a bye in the preliminary round and will play the winner of 17th-seeded Madison and 16th-seeded Morris Tech in the first round. Morris Catholic (14-0) received the second seed. Chatham (8-5), Montville (8-2) and Jefferson (9-3) were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10…

Ferrara, Colonials defeat Chatham

CHATHAM _ Nicole Ferrara had been coming off the bench for Morristown while waiting for a sprained ankle to heal. Given her first career start, Ferrara, a junior guard, sought to make an impact against Chatham, a formidable foe in the United Division of the NJAC. Ferrara, best known for her exploits on the lacrosse field, scored seven points to key a 14-point run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and had a significant impact on the Colonials' 36-26 victory over the Cougars on Wednesday, Jan. 3. "I am so happy to be back," Ferrara said. "It was great…

Meyers, Mendham stay on track

BASKING RIDGE _ Mendham's first game, marred by turnovers, lack of hustle and ineffective boxing out, was beyond ugly. Montville put up 60 points against the Minutemen and held them to single digits in the middle two quarters. The outcome was upsetting to Mendham coach Mark Gnapp and, of course, his players. Since then, the Minutemen have toiled to right themselves, posting wins in three of their last four games, including a 50-39 defeat of Pingry in first-round action at the Len Sepanak Memorial Holiday Basketball Tournament at Ridge High School on Wednesday, Dec. 27. "We played very well in…

Vikings escape with opening-night win

ROCKAWAY _ Sixteen seconds before the final buzzer, Parsippany Hills' Corinne Diaz was scolded by coach Donnie Forster for attempting a 3-pointer. At the time, the Vikings were up by one point and all Diaz could think of was widening the lead. Forster yelled out, "What are you doing?" At the conclusion of the game, a 29-28 Parsippany Hills victory over Morris Hills on Friday, Dec. 15, Diaz, of course, had mixed emotions, bearing a smile on her face and proud that the Vikings had won their season opener and yet a bit upset and teary-eyed about the decision she…

Soar-NJ.com 2017 Basketball All-Stars

2016-17 Soar-NJ.com Morris County All-Star Basketball Team Joey Meyers Mendham Meyers, a sophomore, made the transition from forward to guard look easy but there was plenty of hard work that led to her successful 2016-17 campaign. An afterthought as a freshman forward when she averaged under four points per game, Meyers had a breakout season with 19 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals a game from the guard position. Included in her highlights were hitting game-winning shots against Pope John and Ridge and scoring a career-high 26 points in a 53-43 decision over Roxbury on Feb. 23. She finished the year with…

Pisciotto, Colonials enjoyed fine season

MORRISTOWN _ Lacking an "I" mentality and focused on unyielding "D," Morristown, coached by Jim Pisciotto, took its season to the limit. The Colonials, unselfish and harmonious, relied on relentless man-to-man defense to garner Morris County Tournament, sectional and NJAC-United Division titles. "The girls understood their roles and put the team first," said Pisciotto, the 2017 Soar-NJ.com Morris County Coach of the Year. "Some of them started but came out in the first quarter. They never asked why. No one complained about anything. The chemistry this group had was great. They enjoyed each other's company." Those elements translated into success…