ESSEX COUNTY, NJ -- The defending champion West Orange girls basketball team has drawn the fifth seed for the Essex County Tournament, which opens with preliminary games this week.
The Mountaineers get a bye through the first two preliminary rounds, and will play either Newark West Side or Collegiate on Feb. 8.
University High School is the top seed.
Columbia has been seeded 10th. The Cougars will play their first game Feb. 6 against either Belleville or Weequahic.
The championship game is scheduled to be played at West Orange High School Feb. 22.