VERONA, NJ - No. 1 seed Verona easily defeated No. 16 seed Palisades Park 70-40 in the first round of the North 1, Group 1 State Tourney in Verona on Tuesday.

The Hillbillies dominated from the start, outscoring Palisades Park 33-16 in the first half and 37-24 in the second half.  Zack Zaccone led for Verona with 12 points.  Rob Sorhaindo had nine points for Verona and Travis Jocelyn tacked on eight..

Verona moves one step closer to defending last year's sectional title and will host No. 9 seed Wood-Ridge on Thursday at 6 p.m.