CRANFORD - Its not often you see a team held to single digits in a basketball game. Cranford girls basketball did just that on Thursday night against Nottingham.

In fact, the Cougars held the Mercer County squad scoreless for the entire first quarter and then some. Nottingham finally got on the board with 2:48 left in the second quarter, but Cranford went on to defeat the Northstars 46-9.

With the game out of reach early, Cranford was able to work on its ball movement, offensive plays, and other fundamentals. All 10 active Cougars saw playing time and all scored at least one basket. Gianna Toretta led the way with nine points. Olivia Merriman added seven points. Freshman Cassee Marchese drained two three-pointers. 

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With the victory, the Cougars have worked their way back to .500 on the year (3-3). They will be back in action Saturday morning on the road against Scotch Plains-Fanwood at 10 a.m. Cranford defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood 45-25 in last season's home-opener. 

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