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.

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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.