CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford PAL Eighth Grade Girls Basketball team turned in a spectacular season that concluded with a three-point win over league rival and number one seed, St. Matthews of Edison, to capture the championship title.  Cranford prevailed, 49 – 46, to win the Garden State Basketball League’s American Division title. With just under a minute remaining, the score was tied, 46-46, but the Cougars were able to pull ahead on a clutch three-pointer to clinch the crown.  The win was a thrilling conclusion to a successful season that featured a full team effort each time on the court.  
In addition to its league title, the team also won the 11th Annual Clark Winter Tournament and opened the season by placing second in the "Hoop Group Turkey Shoot-out."  In that contest, the team fell just short in overtime play to a powerful Mendham squad. 
“These girls gave it their all each and every time on the court,” said Coach John Frieri.  “They never, ever gave up and pulled out some incredible wins against formidable opponents. I’m so proud of their effort.”
The Cougars posted an overall record of ,22-8, and ended the season by winning 11 out of their last 12 games. Assistant Coach Lou Bringuier noted, "These girls are just winners, plain and simple."  

Pictured here after their championship win from left to right: (back row) Head Coach John Frieri, Monika Wlodarski, Lauren Williamson, KC Pringle, Assistant Coach Lou Bringuier. (front row, l-r) Gianna Torretta, Olivia Speer, Ellie Rokicki, Gabrielle Litterio 
Contribution by: K Rokicki