DENVILLE, NJ – Still in the hunt for their first victory of the season, Morris Knolls girls basketball dropped their second game in a 69-52 loss to Sparta at home on Mon., Dec. 23.

Outperforming the Lady Eagles in all four quarters, Sparta cemented the lead after outscoring Morris Knolls 21-12 in the third quarter.

Offensively for Morris Knolls, seven players put points on the scoreboard: seniors Meghan Chegwidden (2), Brielle Gavito (7), Emily Mitarotonda (5), Gabby Perna (9) and Kate Walsh (4); and sophomores Maddie Knaack (12) and Brianna Mennella (13).

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Defensively, Gavito and Knaack snatched the most rebounds, with five apiece. Gavito also had four steals while Knaack earned two blocks.

"While the outcome was not what we wanted, I continue to see improvement in our team and our younger players, Bri Mennella and Maddy Knaack. For us to be successful this year, they need to continue to develop and improve. Bri Gavito and Gabby Perna also turned in solid performances with Gabby having a career high of three three-point baskets," said Morris Knolls Head Coach Robert Moore.

Morris Knolls (0-2) will travel to Sparta to face Villa Walsh Academy (1-0) in the Spartan Holiday Tournament on Fri., Dec. 27, at 10 a.m.


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