HS Girls Basketball: Hasbrouck Heights Girls Strengthen Grip on First with 57-52 win

File Photo: Senior Kassie Ketcho led the Lady Aviators in scoring to defeat Saddle Brook Saturday. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

SADDLE BROOK, NJ -  Senior forward Kassie Ketcho had 19 points, including 10 down the stretch in the fourth quarter, to lead Hasbrouck Heights to a hard-fought 57-52 victory over Saddle Brook in a key North Jersey Interscholastic game on Saturday afternoon.

The win gives Hasbrouck Heights sole possession of first place in the league, at 8-0, a game in front of Weehawken and two games in front of Saddle Brook.  The Aviators play Weehawken in Hasbrouck Heights Thursday night in another key matchup with league title implications.

The Aviators held off the Falcons in the fourth quarter, who were led by seven points from Asia Rivera and six from Ash Georgeovich.  Cat Castellanos added four of her eight points in the fourth for Heights.  

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Ketcho hit four of five from the line during the quarter for Heights, who shot 15 of 22 for the game from the foul line.

The Aviators and Falcons were tied at 15 at the end of the first quarter, as Tara Taylor had nine points in the first for Saddle Brook.  At the half, the Lady Aviators had a 29-28 lead, with Julia Koukoutsis leading the way with nine, and Kimmy Halpin, chipping in eight.

Both teams had trouble in the third quarter scoring, with the Aviators outscoring the Falcons 12-9 to take a four-point lead into the fourth.

NOTES:  Ketcho’s 19 was game for both teams, with Halpin adding 15 for Heights.  Saddle Brook was led by Rivera with 15, while Ash Georgeovich and Taylor each had 13… Hasbrouck Heights is now 10-2 overall, 8-0 in divisional play, and plays at Dumont on Tuesday in a non-league game.   Saddle Brook is now in third at 7-2 in the Meadowlands Division


Hasbrouck Heights      15   14   12   16   57

Saddle Brook               15   13     9   15   52


Hasbrouck Heights (57)

Ketcho    5-1-6-19,  Castellanos  2-1-1-8, Halpin 3-2-3-15, Koukoutsis 4-0-3-11, Thorpe 1-0-1-3, Volpe 0-0-1-1. Lorfink 0-0-0-0.  Totals  15-4-15-57


Saddle Brook  (52)

RIvera 2-2-5-15, McBride 0-0-0-0, Taylor 6-0-1-13, A. Georgeovich 4-1-2-13, L. Georgeovich 1-1-0-5, Ianello 3-0-0-6.  Totals 16-4-8-52.



(Editors Note: Pat Campen contributed to the game story.)

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