RANDOLPH, NJ- Aliyah Huland El has just gone where no Randolph girls basketball player has ever gone before. On Saturday, Feb. 8, she became the first ever in Randolph, and only the fifth ever in all of Morris County, to break the 2,000 point barrier in a 56-38 win over Pequannock.
The fourth seeded Rams controlled the game from start to finish in their first round matchup of the tourney. Head coach Kristin Torres realized something special could happen late in the fourth, something that Huland El didn’t know. As the game clock ticked under the final two minutes, Torres told Aliyah that she was 5 points away from the incredible milestone. That spark of excitement led to two quick buckets, and then Huland El entered the elite 2,000 point club with only 8 seconds left in the game by banking in a layup.
The University of Virginia bound star dominated the game in all facets, as she has done in most games this year. She compiled 35 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Cynthia Meringer and Kelly McGinniss added 7 points each in the win.
On the season, Huland El is averaging 26.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, and has scored in double figures in all 20 games this season.
On Tuesday Feb. 11, the girls defeated Morristown in dominating fashion by a score of 65-26. Huland El put up 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win. A trio of others joined the double figure point parade; Kiera Cesareo with 12, Sabrina Viscomi with 11, and Kelly McGinniss with 10.
The County Tournament continues for Randolph on Saturday Feb. 15 against #6 seed Morristown Beard, game time is 12:00 at Morris Knolls high school.