DENVILLE, NJ – Following a 56-29 victory against 23rd-seed Whippany Park last week in the preliminary round of the Morris County Tournament, 10th-seed Morris Knolls girls basketball defeated seventh-seed Morristown-Beard, 56-49, in the first round on Sat., Feb. 8, in Morristown.

After ending the first quarter five points down, Morris Knolls controlled the remaining three quarters to “will” themselves to a seven-point victory as the game’s underdog.

“Today’s victory was a total team effort. I’m very proud of everybody,” stated Morris Knolls Head Coach Rob Moore.

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“I reminded the players that it’s the will, not the skill that counts. They were relentless to the end. No matter what happened, they still kept the will to win today.”

Kate Walsh led the Lady Eagles with the team high of 15 points. Other contributors offensively were Emily Mitarotonda (14), Brielle Gavito (11), Brianna Mennella (5), Gabby Perna (9) and Maddie Knaack (2).

Morristown-Beard’s Addisyn Ibrahim scored the game high with 25 points.

Morris Knolls (9-10) advances to the quarterfinal round of the tournament to face two-seed Chatham (14-4) on Sat., Feb. 15, at Morris Knolls High School in Denville (game time to be determined).

In regular season play, the Lady Eagles will host Whippany Park (8-10) on Tue., Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.


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