MORRISTOWN, NJ – It didn’t come easy, but the top-seeded Morristown girls’ varsity basketball team defeated the No. 16 Morris Tech Devils by a score of 50-40 in a home win on Saturday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals of the Morris County Tournament.
The Colonials started strong, scoring eight of the game’s first 10 points in a back-and-forth game that was decided in the fourth quarter. Trailing by three points to start the second quarter, the Devils went on a 10-1 run to provide them with a lead they would hold until third quarter.
Elizabeth Strambi led the Colonials in scoring with 17 points and had a team-high six assists. She scored 12 of those points in the fourth quarter, which included converting on six clutch free throws to close out the game.
Kate Kolb, who was the team’s second highest scorer, had 11 points and seven rebounds on the afternoon.
Trailing by four at half-time, the Colonials responded with a strong third quarter regaining the lead and finished strong with a 21-point effort in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“It’s tournament time and it’s a matter of survive and advance,” said Morristown girls varsity coach Jimmy Pisciotto after the game. “I thought Morris Tech came out and did a great job. They came out and played hard and we had to adjust our game plan. I don’t think we came out as focused as we could have for this one and hopefully we learn from it.”
The Colonials will face No. 9-seeded Morris Knolls next Saturday, February 11.