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Northern Highlands defeated Ridgefield Park, 52-45, in the Joe Poli Tournament at Pascack Valley.

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Ridgefield Park had the lead at the end of the first quarter, 11-8. Katherine Haines played a great game. Despite the height of the Northern Highlands players, she dominated the boards with 16 rebounds. She also had 3 steals, 3 blocked shots, and 28 points.

At the beginning of the 2nd quarter Northern Highlands made a run. With 5:49 left in the first half, Northern Highlands led 14-11. NH's Madison Dunbar plays with high energy. Her positive energy on the court is contagious and pumps up her teammates. She finished with 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 15 points.

At the half time NH still had the lead, 25-16. Melissa Heath had a great inside game. She finished with 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 17 points.

At the end of the third quarter, NH led 37-28. Rigefield Park's Julie Rovito played aggressively and made a lot of dives to save the ball. She had 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots, 2 steals, and 6 points.

Ridgefield Park was not ready to surrender. With 3:55 remaining they trailed by 1 point, 41-40. Northern Highlands kept pushing to extend their lead by 3 more points. With 2:25 remaining the score was 44-40.

Northern Highlands Stats
Rachel Jubelt - 2 DR, 1 OR, 3 A, 2 S, 5 PTS (3/4 FL)
Madison Dunbar - 3 DR, 6 A, 3 S, 15 PTS
Melissa Heath - 5 DR, 2 OR, 3 B, 1 S, 1 A, 17 PTS (3/3 FL)
Emily Bonifacic - 3 DR, 2 OR, 2 A, 2 S, 9 PTS (1/2 FL)
Danielle Cote - 1 DR
Nicole Miko - 2 OR, 1 A, 2 PTS
Caroline Lovisolo - 3 DR, 1 OR, 2 S, 4 PTS (2/2 FL)
Tori Reich - 1 DR

Ridgefield Park Stats
Julie Rovito - 3 DR, 4 A, 2 B, 2 S, 6 PTS
Katherine Haines - 12 DR, 4 OR, 3 S, 3 B, 28 PTS (1/5 FL)
Samantha Rinaldi - 2 DR, 1 OR, 7 PTS (2/4 FL)
Ashley Castillo - 2 OR, 1 A, 2 S, 1 PT (1/2 FL)
Cassandra Cruz - 2 DR, 2 OR
Danielle Sinclair - 3 DR, 1 S
Stacey Anning - 1 DR

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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