WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Caldwell erased an early deficit with a big second quarter and went on to defeat Newark Central, 56-45, in girls basketball in the first round of the Essex County Tournament on Saturday.

Brielle Guarente and Carli Carroll each scored 14 points for Caldwell (12-5), which outscored Central, 19-5, in the second quarter to take a 27-16 halftime lead.

Lauren Sanderson scored 11 points and Cassidy Brown finished with eight points for Caldwell, which built its lead to 17 points after three quarters.