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Northern Highlands defeats Teaneck

Teaneck High School vs Northern Highlands in the state sectional championship game.
Teaneck High School vs Northern Highlands in the state sectional championship game.
Reggie Malz

Northern Highlands defeated Teaneck, 61-57, in the NJSIAA state sectional championship for the 2013-2014 season.

Teaneck started the game off strong and created an early lead within the first few minutes of the game. Northern Highlands scored right at the buzzer to earn the lead at the end of the first quarter, 15-13.

In the second quarter, Teaneck played pressure defense, boxed out, and secured rebounds. Milan Johnson had a strong shot off the dribble. She finished with 19 points, 15 of which were in the first half.

At the half time, Teaneck led 32-26.

Northern Highlands returned in the second half with a strong press. They anticipated passes and stole the ball. With 5:19 remaining in the third quarter, they trailed only by one point, 34-33. Teaneck lengthened the lead, 44-37, at the end of the third.

Northern Highlands tied up the game at 3:37 remainin in the fourth quarter, 53-53. Melissa Heath has great shooting form. She knows when to pass out and when to dish to players cutting to the basket. She finished with 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocked shots, 2 steals, and 23 points.

With 2:01 left in the game Kayla Gibbs scored to give Teaneck the lead, 54-53. With 1:30 remaining Nothern Highlands had regained the lead, 57-54. With :35 seconds remaining Milan Johnson shortened Northern Highlands' lead, 59-57. With :5.01 remaining Melissa Heath stole the ball.

Teaneck Stats
Kalifah Foster - 1 OR, 4 S, 6 PTS
Kayla Gibbs - 9 DR, 3 OR, 4 S, 1 B, 14 PTS (4/7 FL)
Milan Johnson - 22 PTS (5/7 FL)
Hannah Ashby - 3 PTS
Faith Ashby - 1 OR, 5 A, 3 S, 8 PTS (4/4 FL)
Amanda Gordon - 2 DR, 2 OR, 2 S, 4 PTS (4/4 FL)
Brianna Phillip - 3 DR

Northern Highlands Stats
Melissa Heath - 8 DR, 2 OR, 2 A, 3 B, 2 S, 23 PTS (5/6 FL)
Caroline Lovisolo - 2 DR, 1 A, 11 PTS (2/2 FL)
Madison Dunbar - 2 DR, 1 OR, 4 A, 3 S, 7 PTS
Nicole Miko - 1 DR, 5 S, 7 PTS (3/5 FL)
Rachel Jubelt - 1 DR, 1 OR, 2 S, 3 A, 10 PTS (4/6 FL)
Emily Bonifacic - 1 DR, 2 OR, 2 S, 1 A, 2 PTS
Tori Reich - 1 DR, 1 OR, 1 B, 2 PTS
Danielle Cote - 2 OR, 1 A, 2 PTS