The first round of the BCWCA Bergen County Tournament was delayed due to the blizzard on January 23, 2016. The participating high schools rescheduled these games when weather permitted.
Sunday, January 23rd: 6th seeded Pascack Valley defeated 27th seeded Fort Lee, 62-24. Brianna Wong had 15 points for PV and Sarah Diaz contributes 11 points for Fort Lee. Pascack Valley plays Holy Angels in the next round.
10th seeded Ridgewood defeated 23rd seeded Pascack Hills, 32-21. Both teams’ players contributed equally to the game. They played strong defense and worked to box out. On offense they tried to involve everyone. Ridgewood plays IHA in the next round.
18th seeded Indian Hills defeated 15th seeded Ramsey, 63-58, to be the first small upset of the tournament. Ramseys’ Jess Pevny did a great job of passing the ball and contributed 7 points. Indian Hills made strong passes and looked to contest all shots. Indian Hills plays 2nd seeded Old Tappan in the next round.
Monday, January 24th: 14th seeded Westwood defeated 19th seeded Glen Rock 65-25. Strong performances were given by Westwood’s Jaide Hinds-Clarke and Samantha McClutchy as well as Glen Rock’s Kelly Lohr. Westwood will play 3rd seeded Saddle River Day in the next round.
11th seeded Holy Angels defeated 22nd seeded Hackensack, 52-38. Holy Angels’ Elizabeth Garcia dominated inside to add 17 points. Point guard Jordyn Hellpap played strong for Hackensack by adding 14 points. Holy Angels will play Pascack Valley in the next round.
7th seeded Immaculate Heart Academy (IHA) defeated 26th seeded Dwight Morrow 61-21. For IHA Jordan Wilmoth and Katie Jones both shot well from the outside. Wilmoth had 17 points and Jones 15. Dwight Morrow’s Lena Yeo helped to play strong on-the-ball defense and added 7 points. IHA will play Ridgewood in the next round.
16th seeded River Dell defeated 17th seeded Mahwah, 46-39. River Dell’s Christine Woods played great inside and Emma Plutnicki played great from the outside. Mahwah’s Kayla Devine is a good post player who can pop out for three-point shots. River Dell will play against 1st seeded Immaculate Conception in the next round.
9th seeded Demarest defeated 24th seeded Rutherford 46-43. Demarest’s Brianna Tarabocchia was tough to score on. Mackenzie Press had 20 points. Rutherford’s Jessica Rogers is a strong shooter who had 17 points. Demarest will play the winner of Queen of Peace and Fair Lawn High school.
8th seeded Queen of Peace and 25th seeded Fair Lawn will make up their county game today.
21st seeded Ridgefield Park defeated 12th seeded Paramus Catholic, 56-46, which was the biggest upset of the tournament so far. No one could stop Ridgefdield Park’s Samantha Rinaldi who had 25 points. Paramus Catholic boxed out and rebounded well. Ridgefield Park will play 5th seeded Ramapo in the next round.
13th seeded Northern Highlands defeated 20th seeded Midland Park, 71-62. Northern Highlands worked the ball evenly to all of their players, which led to Madison Grossman, Madison Kahn, and Sarah Minchin contributing 15 points each while Emily Bonafacic had 13 points. Midland Park’s Julie Carey was on fire from the three-point line. She contributed 19 points. Northern Highlands will play 4th seeded Teaneck in the next round.