NEWARK, NJ -- University High School built a 15-point lead after a quarter and went on to a 76-45 girls basketball victory over West Essex in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

Halle Achenbach scored 15 points for West Essex (13-8), which fell behind, 25-10, after one quarter against one of New Jersey's elite teams.

Jessica Coia had 13 points and Gianna Puorro finished with eight points for the Lady Knights, who have qualified for the upcoming Section 1, Group 3 state tournament, which will begin March 2.