HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Hoops fans could catch some basketball with their Saturday bagels in the New Gym.

In a rare Saturday morning start, the Hasbrouck Heights girls basketball team got off to a slow start, trailing Leonia until they took the lead at 5-4 with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter. The Lady Aviators, once they got rolling, never looked back, cruising to a 45-13 victory in an independent game on Saturday in Hasbrouck Heights.

Senior Kimmy Halpin’s basket gave Heights the lead, which they never relinquished the rest of the game. Leading 7-5 at the end of the first quarter, Heights outscored Leonia 12-2 to take a 19-7 lead into halftime.  

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The Aviators nearly doubled their production in the third quarter, outscoring the Lions 17-2 to take a commanding 36-9 lead.  Senior Catherine Castellanos had five of her game-high 11 points for the Lady Aviators in the quarter, while Halpin, who finished with eight, had four.     

Julia Koukoutsis also chipped in seven, for the Lady Aviators, who improved to 7-2 overall with the win.  Sophomore Erin Owens came off the bench to score a season-high seven points for Heights.  

Leonia                               5      2      2    4      13  

Hasbrouck Heights            7   12     17    9      45

Leonia (13)

Sanchez 3-0-06, Williams  1-0-0-2, Yi  1-0-0-2. Lita 0-0-1-1, Kirchoff 0-0-0-0, Castro 0-0-0-0, Saabetra 1-0-0-2, Hanley 0-0-0-0.  Totals:  6-0-1-13.

Hasbrouck Heights (45)

Ketcho 1-0-0-2, Castellanos 3-0-5-11, Halpin 4-0-0-8, Koukoutsis 3-0-1-7, Thorpe 1-0-1-3, Volpe 1-0-0-2, Lorfink 1-0-1-3, Condon 0-0-0-0, Perrapato 1-0-0-2, Owens 1-1-2-7, Legaspi 0-0-0-0, Roberton 0-0-0-0, Xheraj 0-0-0-0  Total 16-3-10-45