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Horace Mann School wins the North Bergen Elementary School championship

Horace Mann vs Lincoln in the North Bergen Elementary School championship.
Horace Mann vs Lincoln in the North Bergen Elementary School championship.
Reggie Malz

While state tournament games were being played all over New Jersey, the gym was packed and loud at North Bergen High School with fans supporting the Horace Mann School Cougars and the Lincoln School Lions in the championship game. These two teams did not disappoint! They worked hard and played an exciting game. Horace Mann defeated Lincoln, 33-28.

Horace Mann celebrating the championship win
Reggie Malz

Led by sharpshooter, Carolyn Galvez Lincoln led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter. Galvez is a strong three point shooter who cannot be left open even for one second. She is also great at reading the defense and distributing the ball to open teammates.

At the half time, Lincoln led 22-15.

Horce Mann was not ready to quit and they proved this in the third quarter. They put on a full court press and stole the ball several times. With 4:26 remaining in the third quarter, Horace Mann trailed only by 1 point, 22-21. With 3:53 remaining Horace Mann's Haylee Ramirez scored a layup to earn her team the first lead of the game, 23-22. Ramirez is extremely strong and can rip the ball out of anyone's hands. She has a strong outside shot and has a lot of speed.

With 3:22 remaining, Lincoln's Galvez drew a foul and tied the game up from the foul line, 23-23. Lincoln's Arianna Diaz is another great player. She works hard on defense, goes for rebounds, can drive, and shoot.

Lincoln fought to break the tie and took the lead with 1:07 left in the third quarter, 25-23. Horace Mann's Ramirez tied the game back up with :32.6 seconds remaining in the third, 25-25. The score was tied to end the third quarter.

Horace Mann has two tenacious guards: Valeria Mesa and Natalie Arroyare. Both play smart defense and work to stay between their girl and the basket. Mesa sets takes smart shots. Arroyare has a great baseline drive.

With 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Horace Mann led 27-26. With 4:29 remaining, Lincoln had the lead, 28-27. At 4:08, Horace Mann led 29-28. At 3:40 they still head the lead, 31-28. With 3:25 they led 33-28. With 1:56 left, they led 33-28. They maintained this lead for the remaining two minutes.

Horace Mann's Haylee Ramirez was awarded MVP for the game.

The following players played for Lincoln:

  • Carolyn Galvez
  • Arianna Diaz
  • Chloe Walker
  • Claire Carrera
  • Yosseline Morquez
  • Camila Valencia
  • Alejandra Pulla
  • Brianna Quesada
  • Yoseline Galvez
  • Gabriela Fernandez
  • Melanie Cedno
  • Kathy Villareal
  • Cassandra Garcia

The following players played for Horace Mann:

  • Haylee Ramirez
  • Christi Arroyare
  • Vcaleria MEsa
  • Sarah Decaro
  • Ana Guzman
  • Aiyah Raja
  • Jhoana Romero
  • Brenda Guiterrez
  • Lourdes Vallecillo
  • Stefany Pina
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