VERONA, NJ - Joey Zecchino scored 11 points to lead Verona to a 48-36 win over West Orange at home on Wednesday.
The Hillbillies took charge from the start outscoring West Orange 16-5 in the first quarter. West Orange fought back holding Verona to only four points in the second period to end the half with a 20-12 Hillbilly lead. West Orange came out strong in the second half, but they could not overcome their first quarter deficit and Verona earned the win.
Zack Zaccone and Jack Farrell both tallied 10 points for Verona. Stephon Sheard led for West Orange with 10 points.
The No. 1 seed Hillbillies will begin their quest to defend last year's sectiona title when they host No. 16 Palisades Park on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the NJSIAA North Section 1, Group 1 State Tourney.