NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Caldwell built an 11-point halftime lead and went on to a 55-43 girls basketball victory over Verona to win the West Essex Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

Brielle Guarente scored 17 points for Caldwell (2-1), which outscored Verona, 20-12, in the second quarter to open a 29-18 halftime lead.

Makenna Tahbaz finished with 10 points freshman Lauren Sanderson added nine points for the Lady Chiefs, who had beaten West Essex, 69-67, in the first round of the tournament on Friday.