Senior forward Sade Idera and junior guard Alexa Guiliano each scored 19 points to lead the No. 3 Morris Catholic girls basketball team over No. 2 Randolph 59-34 in the Morris County Tournament semifinals at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday night.
The Crusaders (20-1) return to the final for the first time since winning the MCT two years ago. Morris Catholic will face the winner of No. 1 West Morris and No. 4 Hanover Park on Friday night at 7 p.m. at FDU.
“Our motto is just work as a team and work together so that’s what we focus on doing,” Idera said. “It really helps because we use all five of our players so I think that’s what won the game.”
With the score tied at 6 with 4:32 to go in the first quarter, the Crusaders went on a 14-0 run to take a 20-6 lead with 1:02 left. The Rams (17-3) managed to score once more in the quarter as Morris Catholic took a 22-8 lead after one.
Both teams only scored six points in the second quarter as the Crusaders took a 28-14 at the half. Junior guard Aliyah Huland El scored 12 of the Rams’ 14 points in the first half.
Sophomore forward Kate Feeney defended Huland El most of the game and held her to five points in the second half.
“That’s our No. 1 priority every day in practice is defense, defense, defense,” Giuliano said. “That’s how we got stops and got steals and got open layups.”
In the third quarter, Idera exploded for four 3-pointers, as the Crusaders outscored the Rams 27-9 to take a 55-23 at the end of three.
“I would say we were confident, we’re always confident, we’re pumped, we have motivation,” Giuliano said.
In the fourth quarter, junior guard Charlotte Schum scored all four of the Crusaders’ points and with 1:47 left, coach Rich Fachet pulled his starters. The Rams scored 11 points for the 59-34 final.
Hanover Park and West Morris played the second semifinal, which ended too late for this edition. For full coverage log on to dailyrecord.com.