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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.

New look for Morris Tech

DENVILLE _ It would have been understandable if Morris Tech took a bit of time to find its way this season. The Devils, after all, had a standout in four-year starter and 1,000-point scorer Jill Hub. A pass inside to Hub often resulted in a basket.

Kelly inspiring Colonials

MORRISTOWN _ Not many players have had the distinction of playing in the Morris County Girls Basketball Tournament final for all four years of high school. New Morristown coach Tara Kelly did and she still considers it one of the highlights of her career.

Giuliano spurs MC in 1st start

EAST HANOVER _ As a freshman, Morris Catholic's Alexa Giuliano played in the shadow of Jeane Drury. It's not that Giuliano minded one bit. She didn't expect to see excessive action with the multi-talented Drury, now at Pace University focusing on softball, around.

Falcons among NJAC's elite

JEFFERSON _ In the early going, breathers will be scarce for the five starters on the Jefferson basketball team. The Falcons, who lack depth, of course, also need to stay healthy and out of foul trouble.

Lapszynski headed to Niagara

By Sandy Seegers JEFFERSON _ Sammy Lapszynski is joking when she says she wants to get away from her parents. Lapszynski, Jefferson High School's 6-foot-3 senior forward, simply wants to have a little space, like many students going off to college, so distance was a priority when considering where she'd go.

URI-bound Johnson in charge

MORRISTOWN _ On the first day of basketball practice, Morristown-Beard coach Mike Sturgeon couldn't help but pay more attention than usual to the actions of Tatiana Johnson. When Sturgeon last coached during the 2009-10 season, Johnson tended to hang back a little, perhaps allowing her older sister, Shanice, who surpassed 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, to have much of the spotlight.

Morella making impact at MO

MOUNT OLIVE _ Have a penchant for slacking or taking the easy route? Don't try it around Mount Olive girls basketball coach Pat Morella. Morella, who has been hard at work since he was a young child, has no tolerance for undesirable traits and those who don't hustle.