DENVILLE – Michelle Stanton scored six of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, all from the foul line, to help third-seeded Mendham get past Jefferson, the No. 11 seed, 51-38 in the Morris County Tournament quarterfinals at Morris Knolls.
Mendham (13-5) advances to face second-seeded Morristown in Friday night’s semifinal at County College of Morris.
Paced by 12 points from Stanton and 13 from junior guard Ashley Gehrin, the Minutemen took a 38-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
Jefferson (13-6,) which was led by 13 points from junior forward Julia Murawinski, opened the final quarter with a 12-2 spurt and was able to close their deficit to 40-36 after two free throws from Murawinski with 4:07 to play.
But Mendham responded by outscoring the Falcons 11-2 over the final 4:01, with Stanton getting the final four points on free throws.
“We played them in a close game in the beginning of the season and we knew that it was going to be tough,” Stanton said. “But we stayed together and we did what we needed to do. It’s been a long time since Mendham’s been in the semifinals, so I feel to resurrect the program and do what we’ve done this season feels great.”
Freshman point guard Elizabeth Strambi scored 16 points and sophomore guard Kim Calloway added 10 to lead Morristown (14-4) to a 39-26 victory over Morris Knolls (11-9), the seventh seed.
“Elizabeth has grown leaps and bounds as a freshman,” Morristown coach Jim Pisciotto said. “She handles the ball and I expect a lot from her. She provides a lot for us and she does a great job. At the beginning of the year, if we could make it to the quarters, it would be an accomplishment. To make it to the semifinals, we’re playing with house money.”
Kate Feeney had 16 points, Rachel Mills scored 13 and Stella Johnson delivered 12 to lead top-seeded Morris Catholic (17-2) to a 58-14 victory over ninth-seeded Morris Hills (9-9)
The Crusaders, winner of the last two titles, will face fifth-seeded West Morris, which scored a 48-45 overtime decision over fourth-seeded Chatham.