MONTVILLE, NJ - The eighth-seeded Montville girls basketball team opened up state tournament play on Tuesday night, as it earned a big 52-28 win over ninth-seeded Indian Hills in the first round of the North 1, Group 3 state tournament at Montville Township High School.
Emma Wax led all scorers with 15 points, to go along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Bella Vito recorded 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals, while Dani Vito had nine points, five assists and three steals. Dani Campbell pulled down six rebounds and also had five points.
Montville opened up the game by shutting out Indian Hills in the first quarter, with an 8-0 lead after eight minutes of play. It went into halftime with a six-point advantage, but pulled away in the second half as it outscored Indian Hills 21-6 in the third quarter.
The win moves Montville into the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon, where it will face a familiar opponent in top-seeded Old Tappan on the road at 4 p.m.
These teams have crossed paths in the past few seasons in the state tournament, including last year's sectional semifinals- in which Montville suffered a 54-42 loss to Old Tappan at home. It also lost to this same program in the 2016 state tournament.
“Old Tappan is a very good opponent. They beat us last year in the state sectional semifinals," Montville coach Derek Lynn said. "We lost to them a couple years before that as well. Hopefully this time around we can turn the tables on them. We’re the underdog this year. It’s something we haven’t had in the past couple of years, but this year we do have it, and we’ll see how far we can take this thing.”
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