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Northern Highlands wins the Bergen County Championship

Teaneck vs. Northern Highlands in the championship game of the BCWCA Bergen County Tournament.
Teaneck vs. Northern Highlands in the championship game of the BCWCA Bergen County Tournament.
Reggie Malz

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

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)