Boonton seniors CeCe Green and Sihana Asani have both recently surpassed 1,000 career points.
Entering Tuesday night’s game against Parsippany with 980 points, Asani scored 22 to help the Bombers earn a 56-33 victory. Asani, a guard, left no doubt that she’d achieve the milestone. She hit her first five shots of the game, including three 3-pointers and finished the first quarter with 15 points to help Boonton open a 28-5 lead
“I may have left her in the game a little too long,” Boonton coach Jim Drury said. “But after that first quarter, I felt that I had to put her back in because she was so close. She needed 20 and she got 22.”
Asani has made a strong push towards 1,000 points over the last two weeks with 127 points in her last six games, an average of 21.2 a game.
Green broke 1,000 points on Feb. 19 with a 17-point effort in the Bombers’ 69-37 victory over St. Elizabeth. It was the forward’s first time back in the lineup after sitting out 10 days with an injury.
Green collected nine points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday’s victory over Parsippany, bringing her career totals to 1,044 points and 824 rebounds.
“The way they got there was a little different,” Drury said. “Sihana is the more feisty of the two. She knew just how many points she needed and she got it. I didn’t think that she would reach it, but she proved me wrong. CeCe is a little quieter. She has had very few 20 point games, but consistently puts up 11, 12, 13, 14 15 points a game. They’re a total contrast. But it’s amazing to have two kids in the same class score 1,000 points.”
Morris County Tournament
The championship game of the 41st Morris County Tournament is set for Friday night at 7 p.m. at the County College of Morris in Randolph, with top-seeded Morris Catholic seeking a third-straight crown against No. 3 Mendham.
The Crusaders advanced to the final with a 53-37 victory over fifth-seeded West Morris, while the Minutemen battled past No. 2-seeded Morristown 42-35.
Morris Catholic is led by senior Kate Feeney (14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds a game) and junior Stella Johnson (11.3 ppg., five rpg.), but Clair Johnson (6.9 ppg.), Rachel Mills (7.1 ppg.) or Julia Rossetto (5.1 ppg.) are all capable of a big game.
Mendham relies on one of Morris County’s top point guards in junior Ashley Gehrin, who leads her team in scoring at 14 points a game. Michelle Stanton is another potent guard (nine points a game), while Irene Margiotta (eight points, nine rebounds a game) and 6-foot-2 junior forward Courtney Bundschuh (nine rebounds a game) make the Minutemen tough inside.
“Both teams match up pretty well and I think this game will come right down to the wire,” Morris Catholic coach Rich Fachet said. “We have very balanced scoring and there is no one that the defense can lay off of. This is going to be a very good final.”
Mendham will get a boost from its bench with 5-11 junior Brittany Shortall, who can change the game with her ability to rebound and block shots.
“I know that Morris Catholic is a very good team,” Mendham coach Mark Gnapp said. “They are very athletic and very well coached and we will have to play our best game of the season to beat them.
“I feel confident with the way my team is playing. We’ve been very consistent and very disciplined. We need to run our stuff and take care of the ball. For us to win, we’re going to have to control the tempo and limit their transition opportunities. It will be tough because not many teams have five players who can score like they can.”
Morris County Top 10
1. Morris Catholic (20-2)
2. Mendham (15-6)
3. Morristown (17-5)
4. West Morris (14-8)
5. Chatham (15-10)
6. Morris Knolls (11-13)
7. Montville (11-12)
8. Hanover Park (14-7)
9. Morristown-Beard (18-7)
10. Jefferson (15-8)
(Records through Tuesday)