Girls’ basketball team continues on in state tournament

Girls basketball team continues on in state tournament

The girls’ basketball team continued their cinderella run in the state tournament on Thursday night with a win over third-seeded West Essex. NVOT, who is the 11-seed in the North 1, Group 3 bracket, won by a score of 48-37 to advance to the state sectional semifinals.

The girls were led by the three-point shooting of sophomore Jackie Kelly who knocked down four threes to score a game high of 20 points. She also added 3 assists and 2 steals to the win.

Sophomore Noelle Gonzalez and junior Sophie Downey were also big factors as Gonzalez added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in the win while Downey had 7 points and 8 rebounds.

The Golden Knights, who have now beaten sixth-seeded Wayne Hills in addition to West Essex, and will now face second-seeded Northern Highlands on Saturday in Allendale. If the girls are able to advance, they would face the winner of Pascack Valley and Ramapo in the state sectional final.