MORRISTOWN, NJ- The 4 th seeded Morristown Colonials picked up right where they left on Tuesday night and jumped all over the upset-minded Union City from the opening tip to secure a spot in the North Jersey Section 1 Group 4 State semifinals with a 52-17 victory. Morristown went on a 7-0 in the 1 st minute of play only to take a 25-2 edge after the 1 st quarter.

“We came out of the gates with high energy and the girls were moving the ball around well,” said head coach Jim Pisciotto. “Our guards did a terrific job of setting the tone and not letting them get into their offense.”

The Colonial backcourt led by the O’Neill’s wreaked havoc all night long causing multiple Union City turnovers.

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Aziah Adams had another strong performance for Morristown, scoring a team-high 18 points. Tara O’Neill was the other Colonial in double figures with 11 points. The Colonials defense stifled Union City in the 2 nd quarter as well, limiting them to 2 field goal makes in the first half, and a 38-5 lead at the half. Morristown extended the lead even further in the 3 rd quarter, outscoring Union City 12-4, building a 50-9 advantage.

“It’s been a long season for us with a lot of ups and downs, we peaked early then started to fade late in the season,” said Pisciotto. “After today, it looks like we are heading in the right direction.”

Erika Mercedes couldn’t repeat her 31-point performance from round one against Livingston, as the Colonials shut her down, holding her to 6 points.

The Colonials semifinal matchup will take place on Saturday, at top-seeded Randolph.


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