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Shabazz defeats Midland Park

Midland Park vs Shabazz in the NJSIAA North 1 vs. North 2 State Semifinal game.
Midland Park vs Shabazz in the NJSIAA North 1 vs. North 2 State Semifinal game.
Khay'la Latimer

Malcom X Shabazz High School defeated Midland Park, 78-46, in the NJSIAA State Semifinal game for Group 1 North 1 vs North 2, in high school girls' basketball.

Malcoln X Shabazz girls' basketball
Khay'la Latimer

Midland Park surprised everyone at their fast-pacing, quick hitting, start to the game! They matched Shabazz point for point and with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter the score was tied, 6-6. Rebecca Rabeiro played pressure defense on anyone who had the ball, earning 6 steals. She also had 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 23 points.

With 2:16 remaining in the first quarter Midland Park's Nicole Cartaino picked up her third foul. Cartaino also drew fouls of her own. She took 11 foul shots and finished with 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. At the end of the first quarter, Shabazz led 22-15.

The Shabazz post players, Zaire O'Neal and De'Ashia Jones, are tough factors inside. They go up strong, have multiple finishing moves, and are great at drawing fouls and clearing space. O'Neal had 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 31 points. Jones had 16 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 1 assist, and 18 points. Shabazz led at the half, 43-27.

Doniyahh Cliney is great at pushing the ball up the court. She does a good job reading the defense and anticipates the ball for rebounds and steals. She had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot, and 11 points. Shabazz led at the end of the third, 56-36.

Midland Park's freshman Veronica Pantale and sophomore Thalia Ghalam were not afraid to contest the shots and box out the much bigger senior posts from Shabazz. Pantale had 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 points. Ghalam had 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 points. Amanda Parker looked for outside shots. She had 1 rebound and 7 points.

Midland Park Stats
Rebecca Rabeiro - 5 DR, 1 OR, 6 S, 1 A, 23 PTS (3/4 FL)
Thalia Ghalam - 7 DR, 1 A, 4 PTS (2/2 FL)
Veronica Pantale - 2 DR, 4 OR, 1 S, 2 PTS
Amanda Parker - 1 OR, 7 PTS
Nicole Cartaino - 1 DR, 1 OR, 1 S, 10 PTS (8/11 FL)
Julie Carey - 1 DR, (0/2 FL)

Shabazz Stats
Zaire O'Neal - 7 DR, 5 OR, 4 A, 31 PTS (1/2 FL)
Doniyah Cliney - 6 DR, 2 OR, 4 A, 2 S, 1 B, 11 PTS
Rakiyah Abdullah - 1 DR, 1 OR, 2 S, 4 A, 4 PTS
De'Ashia Jones - 15 DR, 1 OR, 1 B, 1 A, 18 PTS (2/2 FL)
Briana Franklin - 2 DR, 1 OR, 1 A, 3 PTS (1/2 FL)
Acestra Robinson - 2 DR, 2 S, 1 A
Altiliyah Butler - 5 DR, 3 PTS (1/2 FL)
Ivana Negron - 1 DR, 2 A, 8 PTS
Syonah Williams - 2 OR
Kayleen Ocasio - 1 OR

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)