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MCT seeding: Crusaders No. 1

MORRISTOWN _ Coach Rich Fachet isn't requiring major all-around contributions from Emma Duerr and Danielle Mills, the two freshmen in Morris Catholic's starting lineup. Fachet's "demands" are basic: Rebound, play solid defense and be ready to help on "D" when necessary.

Scarlet Knights eke out fourth win

ROCKAWAY _ Morris Hills' three-point setback to Mendham came with an unpleasant lesson. The Scarlet Knights were up by 11 in the third quarter of that game when the Minutemen - and their press - took over.

Schubiger, Colonials celebrate

MORRISTOWN _ Abby Schubiger's teammates stood in a circle and chanted her name. Right before that, the members of the Morristown girls basketball team sang a few lines of "Celebration." It was a night for revelry in the Colonials' home gym and for good reason.

Cougars' Falone joins elite club

CHATHAM _ Forget about the pride and sense of accomplishment that come with scoring 1,000 points. Or the enduring place in school history that also accompanies the feat. There was something much more special that occurred after Chatham's Cassie Falone reached the milestone in a 62-27 victory over Morristown-Beard on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Hanover Pk. honors beloved Kirst

EAST HANOVER _ The disappointment of missing one third of the basketball season due to mono was upsetting enough for Hanover Park's Ava Gammo. Making matters worse was that Gammo, a junior guard, was still likely to be sidelined when the Hornets honored Kyle Kirst, the popular and beloved long-time assistant girls basketball coach who passed away unexpectedly last June.

Defense key for Golden Panthers

MORRISTOWN _ The majority of the scratches on Carly Klimek's arms and neck come not from opposing players but from her Pequannock teammates. Klimek, a senior guard, and the Golden Panthers go beyond all out in practice and they wear their battle scars with pride. The sessions, according to Klimek and Jen McGrogan, often tend to be more aggressive and intense than actual games.

Canning sets tone for Morris Tech

DENVILLE _ Morris Tech basketball coach Tim Gordon has witnessed the scenario frequently over the last few years. Danielle Canning, the Devils' 5-foot-6 center, will throw herself onto the floor, disappear into a pile of bodies and emerge with the ball.

Falone, Kelly power Cougars

MENDHAM _ Chatham entered league competition coming off a 20-point setback to Immaculate of Lodi. After two weeks of play, including several games against other heavyweights like Saddle River Day School, Cougars coach Joe Gaba was concerned about his squad, which was one game over .500, traveling to Mendham for their NJAC-United Division opener on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Jefferson sharp, claims title

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ The ball made its way around the perimeter, touching off the hands of nearly every Jefferson player on each possession. The passes, sharp and on-target, went inside, too, then back out while the Falcons sought out the perfect shot against Mountain Lakes.