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Northern Highlands wins the Bergen County Championship

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Northern Highlands defeated Teaneck, 57-44, in the BCWCA Bergen County Tournament Championship for high school girls' basketball.

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Northern Highlands did a great job of cutting and passing. They had great space and made smart decisions around the basket. They led at the end of the first quarter, 14-11.

With 5:15 left in the first half, NH's Rachel Jubelt picked up her third foul and returned to the bench. With 1:25 remaining Teaneck's Kayla Gibbs' picked up her third foul. NH maintained the lead at the half time, 32-28.

NH's Madison Dunbar used her speed to weave around players and work for rebounds. She finished with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 13 points.

With three minutes to go in the third quarter, NH led 42-34. Teaneck's Milan Johnson looked to draw fouls and squared up for outside shots. She had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 14 points. At the end of the third quarter, Teaneck trailed only by one point, 42-41.

NH's Melissa Heath is a tough player. She can finish on both sides of the basket, she jumps for rebounds, and she knows when to pass out. She can also pop out and hit a jump shot. She had 11 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, 1 assist, and 13 points.

With 7:21 left in the game, Teaneck's Kayla Gibb's picked up her fourth foul. Gibbs did a good job boxing out and anticipating rebounds. She had 16 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 9 points.

With 5:38 remaining in the game, NH led 47-43. NH's Emily Bonifacic was a big factor in this game. She cut hard to the basket and went up strong. She had 3 rebounds and 11 points.

With 3:56 remaining NH led 49-43 and they looked to waste time off the clock. After being able to delay for over a solid minute, they were fouled with :58.3 seconds remaining. The score then was 53-44.

Northern Highlands Stats
Melissa Heath - 9 DR, 2 OR, 4 B, 1 A, 13 PTS (3/3 FL)
Madison Dunbar - 6 DR, 2 OR, 3 A, 13 PTS (2/2 FL)
Caroline Lovisolo - 2 DR, 2 OR, 2 PTS
Nicole Miko - 2 OR, 2 B, 8 PTS (0/2 FL)
Rachel Jubelt - 1 DR, 2 S, 2 A, 4 PTS (2/2 FL)
Tori Reich - 2 DR, 1 OR, 1 B, 1 S, 1 A, 6 PTS (2/2 FL)
Danielle Cote - 1 OR, 2 A
Emily Bonifacic - 1 DR, 2 OR, 11 PTS

Teaneck Stats
Kalifah Foster - 1 DR, 2 DR, 1 S, 4 PTS (0/4 FL)
Kayla Gibbs - 9 DR, 7 OR, 1 S, 1 A, 9 PTS (1/6 FL)
Faith Ashby - 2 DR, 2 OR, 2 S, 2 A, 6 PTS
Milan Johnson - 4 DR, 1 OR, 1 A, 14 PTS (6/10 FL)
Hannah Ashby - 1 A, 7 PTS (2/2 FL)
Justine Esquilin - 1 OR, 2 PTS
Briana Phillip - 1 DR, 2 OR
Amanda Gordon - 2 DR, 4 PTS

Key
DR = Defensive Rebound
OR = Offensive Rebound
S = Steals
A = Assists
B = Blocked Shots
PTS = Points (total points scored)
FL = Foul Line (amount made, amount taken)

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