NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex girls basketball team built a seven-point halftime lead on its way to a 49-43 victory over North 13th St. Tech Thursday.

Lilly James scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds for West Essex (17-4), which led, 28-21, at the half and extended that lead to 42-31 after three quarters.

Danica DeFrank finished with 14 points and Nicole Realbuto netted eight points for the Lady Knights.