MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team advanced in the Essex County Tournament with a 39-19 victory over Weequahic in a preliminary round game Thursday night.

Maia Little and Bella Galatt each scored 11 points for Columbia (11-5), which took a 13-4 lead after one quarter and led, 22-11, at the half.

Kaijhe Hall made five free throws and finished with 10 points for the Cougars, who outscored Weequahic in each of the four quarters.