PATERSON, NJ - Facing an eight-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, the Lady Ghosts of Eastside seemed headed for elimination Thursday night as they battled a tough east Orange squad.

But a spirited fourth-quarter Eastside comeback forced the game into overtime and the Lady Ghosts then prevailed, 46-42, to advance to the state finals in the Group 4 girls basketball tournament. The achievement is particularly stunning for a team that just two years ago won only a handful of games.

Eastside will play Rancocas Valley, ranked second in New Jersey by The Star-Ledger, in Sunday's Group 4 final. The winner will advance to the Tournament of Champions next week. In 2011, Rancocas Valley, which is in Burlington County, knocked off the Lady Knights of Kennedy in the finals.

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Taylor Brown was Eastside's top scorer with 15, while Desirelle Salas added 13 and Nia Adams nine.