Morales, Hestevold lead way for Morris Hills

Morales, Hestevold lead way for Morris Hills

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Morales, Hestevold lead way for Morris Hills

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Sophomore forward Casarah Morales and senior forward Mackenzie Hestevold led the charge Tuesday night as the Morris Hills girls basketball team defeated Parsippany Hills 59-27.

Morris Hills was coming off a loss to High Point on Monday and has one more game against Newton before opening the state tournament against West Essex on Monday.

Parsippany Hills (10-13) was missing three of its starters on Tuesday night and lost its fourth-straight game. The Vikings’ regular season is over and they will face Mendham in the first round of the state tournament on Monday.

“We just found out today so obviously it helped for us and it was a big confidence boost once we knew that,” Hestevold said of learning about the Vikings’ roster. “We’ve stopped scouting lately because our coach is more focused on playing our game and not worrying about the other team and it’s been working better for us, so we didn’t know much about them.”

On Tuesday, Morris Hills opened with an 11-4 lead and then closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run for a 20-4 lead.

The Scarlet Knights then didn’t score for the first three minutes of the second quarter but the Vikings only managed four points to get within 20-8. Hestevold got Morris Hills back on track with a pair of free throws and from there the Scarlet Knights went on a 5-0 run for a 27-8 lead with 3:48 left in the half.

Morris Hills then outscored the Vikings 7-2 to take a 36-11 halftime lead.

“I think that we were running our offense the way we know how,” Morales said. “When we set our screens we set them hard and we came back to the ball hard and when we drove to the basket we went all or nothing.”

In the third quarter the Vikings got four points from senior guard Mimi Hess and a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Erin Fulmore but the Scarlet Knights wouldn’t led up and led 49-18 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter Morris Hills coach Janel Jones sat most of her starters and the bench managed 10 points. Freshman guard Veronica Lombardi scored five points for the Vikings as they scored nine for the 59-27 final.

“We’re back where we should be because defense is our MO and we’re really proud of that,” Hestevold said. “When we talk and get each other hyped, when we get those steals that generates our offense so if we’re having a good night on defense we’re having a good game.”

Morales led Morris Hills with 17 points and Hestevold scored 15. Junior guard Ashley Ferrante chipped in 10 points and senior guard Gina Aragona scored nine points.

For Parsippany Hills, senior guard Danielle Russo scored eight points.

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