Girls And Boys Lose In State Quarterfinals


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Luke Sniatkowski gets a shot off against Boonton
Luke Sniatkowski gets a shot off against Boonton

The most successful girls basketball season in a long time came to an end last night. Before a deafening crowd of Hillbilly faithful, the girls succumbed to a potent Belvidere team which possessed a formidable three-point shot and a near-perfect free throw percentage, 53-50. The Verona boys, who traveled to Boonton, also lost in the quarterfinal round, 87-63.

The Verona girls got into foul trouble early on. Starters Michelle Petronaci, Amanda Langan and DonnaJo DiNorcia all had 3 fouls before the end of the half; Langan fouled out early in the third period and Petronaci with about a minute left in the game.  Senior Erin Percevault more than stepped into the breach, hitting four clutch baskets in a row to keep Verona in the game up until the final minute. With Verona up by one, Petronaci’s final foul sent her to the bench, and Belvidere sunk 2 free throws. An intentional foul by Verona with 39 seconds left resulted in another 2 points for Belvidere, sealing the win.

In the boys’ game, Brian Farrell was high-scorer for Verona with 23, Justin Bruso and Noah Herman chipped in with 14 and 13 respectively. See the Star-Ledger box scores here. Note: Luke Sniatkowski had 4 points and 4 rebounds. He was mistakenly ommitted from the box scores and his points attributed to Matt Malanga.

Michelle Petronaci in her last game as a Hillbilly. Photo: Bo Kirby
Michelle Petronaci in her last game as a Hillbilly. Photo: Bo Kirby
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Below is a video, caught by our photographer Bo Kirby, of senior Erin Percevault scoring two of her eight points. And you don’t want to miss Kirby’s video of a pumped-up Verona fan leading the faithful in a spontaeous “wave” cheer on MyVeronaNJ’s YouTube page.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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