Boys Basketball Narrowly Defeats West Essex

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The Verona boys basketball team battled back from a nine point first-quarter deficit to top West Essex 37-35. Senior Anthony Huber led the Hillbillies with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Braschi had four rebounds, four assists, four steals and seven points in the effort.

The game marked the long-awaited return of Senior Captain Brian Farrell, who had been sidelined with an injury since the second game of the season. The Hillbillies are looking for Farrell to spark an offense that has occasionally struggled to put up points.

Verona’s record stands at 8-3. The boys head to Morris Knolls on Monday, January 16, for an 11:30 a.m. game.

Meanwhile, the girls basketball team saw their record drop to 2-7 with 38-33 loss at the hands of the Caldwell Chiefs. Down by nine points at half time, the team exploded for twelve third-quarter points but was unable to pull ahead.

Junior Amanda Langan , who has been putting up impressive offensive numbers lately led the Hillbillies with 12 points. Sophomore Julie Rosenberg had eight points, Julieanne Mascera netted five and Emily Aaron added four. Michelle Frungillo and Amanda Cummings chipped in with two apiece. The girls have an away game against Fair Lawn on Monday at 4 p.m.

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