February 16, 2014 at 11:49 PM
RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph girls’ basketball team put on an impressive defensive display in the quarterfinals of the Morris County Tournament on Sunday. The third-seeded Rams used full court pressure to force 15 turnovers and frustrate sixth-seed Morristown Beard en route to a 62-47 victory.
It was a good day all around for head coach Kristin Torres. Not only did the victory put her team into the semifinals of the county tournament, but it was the 100th victory of her career.
Aliyah Huland El had her typical strong all around game with 27 points, 15 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 blocks. Cynthia Meringer contributed all over the court as well, adding 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Kiera Cesareo put up 13 points to help earn the win.
The semifinal game is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21 at Farleigh Dickinson's Florham Park campus against second-seeded West Morris. The next regular season game is at Parsippany Hills on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
The boys also had their county quarterfinals game on Sunday against a fourth-seeded Mendham team they had beaten earlier in the season. Mendham made some adjustments, and used that game as motivation to turn the tide on the Rams and earn a 55-45 victory.
Mendham came out strong, taking an early lead in the first and entering the half with a 26-14 lead. Randolph chipped away and cut into the lead by the end of the third, but Mendham pulled away in the fourth to earn a ten point win and a trip to the semifinals.
Barry Lynch led the Rams with 22 points, followed by Michael Talbert with 15 points.
The boys next regular season game is on Monday, Feb. 17 on the road in East Orange at 7 p.m.