Girls Hoops Opens Playoffs With A Win

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The Verona High School girls basketball team played Bernards High School in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 2 playoffs on Wednesday, February 21. The first quarter ended 4-4 but that was hardly indicative of what was to come. With great offense, No. 7 seed Verona was able to step ahead of No. 10 Bernards and ended the first half at 16-14. Verona pushed its lead in the third quarter, widening the gap to 29-17. The game ended 42-34 Verona with a great offense and defense all around.

Leah Haggerty driving for a score

Verona’s newest varsity players brought everything they could to their home court. Freshman Ellie Marateo led her team in scoring with 14 points and snagged 7 rebounds. Right behind her was fellow freshman Leah Haggerty with 8 points and 5 steals. Sophomore Jada Bednar put up 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Upperclassmen Cali Giacomazza and Julia Loudon had 4 points apiece, with sophomore Giada Contorno and freshman Morgan Rossi delivering another 3.
Giada Contorno scored 4 points in the win

The N2G2 quarterfinals will be Monday, February 26, when Verona faces No. 2 seed Rutherford at Rutherford. The Bulldogs demolished No. 15 seed Arts High School 48-13 in its opener. Game time is 6 p.m.
Cali Giacomazza kept her focus and got 4 points
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