MONTVILLE, NJ - On Monday afternoon, the Montville girls basketball team held their annual “Pink Game,” in which the team was victorious over Pope John with a score of 54-31.

Since 2012, the team has dedicated one game in their season towards cancer awareness by fundraising for the American Cancer Society and participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer program. The girls will also continue their annual Shoot-a-Thon in order to raise money for Frankie Chioccariello, a freshman student at MTHS who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this school year. 

Furthermore, due to Montville’s elimination from the county tournament, it was “important for our morale to be able to win today,” Montville player Daniela Campbell said prior to their game. The girls lost against Jefferson in the second round of the tournament on Saturday. 

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“I think coming back and winning after an unfortunate loss in counties was important, but it was also more fulfilling to win for a great cause,” said Montville co-captain Jordan Strickland, who was the lead scorer in the game with 15 points, netting five three-pointers.

Following Strickland, co-captain Amanda Gorski contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, and Emma Wax had 10 points and four assists. 

Pope John’s Kenna Squier scored the most for her team with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Gorski added, “Everyone really contributed to help us bounce back and it really goes along with our ‘outgrit’ mentality.” The term ‘outgrit’ has been this year’s motto for the program, symbolizing the team’s determined and resilient mindset throughout the season. 

The Lady Mustangs, who only have four games left in the regular season, are seeded second in the state tournament and will be playing Wayne Hills in the first round on Feb. 26.

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