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Lions Leap on Cougars, 75-50,
In UCT Girls Basketball Semi
           By DAVID B. CORBIN                              all-time leading scorer in Lion his-        rebounds. Senior center Danielle
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                                                           tory with 1,269 points. Malone nailed       Gross, who finished with nine points
   Senior Allison Skrec, Melissa Tobie                     four 3-pointers and finished with 18        and five rebounds, had a pair of as-
and point guard Jen Malone created a                       points, and Tobie controlled the            sists, a tipped ball and a steal, while
formidable inside-outside shooting                         boards, while rolling in 17 points.         senior forward Taylor D’Antico
combination to lead the No. 15-                               “Malone and Skrec are great play-        banged a 3-pointer and finished with
ranked, top-seeded Roselle Catholic                        ers and did a real good job working         five points, while adding a theft. Jess
High School girls basketball team to                       together and finding one another,”          McCoy, who had six points and a
a 75-50 victory over the fourth-seeded                     Cougar Head Coach Jackie Huber              steal, led the Cougars with seven re-
Cranford Cougars in the semifinal                          said.                                       bounds. Sara Gugliucci hit a 3-pointer
round of the Union County Tourna-                             Senior guard Jamie Webb led the          and finished with five points, and
ment at Roselle Catholic High School                       17-7 Cougars with 12 points, all in         Katie McGovern had two points and
on February 23.                                            the second half, including a 3-pointer.     a rebound.
   Skrec scored a game-high 25 points,                     She also led with six assists and had          The 21-2 Lady Lions exhibited their
and her last lay-up, which happened                        a steal. Sophomore Morgan Miller (2         inside-outside proficiency immedi-
to be the final points of the game,                        assists) finished with 11 points, in-       ately. Tobie drove to the basket, drew
pushed her over the top to become the                      cluding a 3-pointer, and pulled five                    CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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                                                                                                                                                          ON HIS WAY TO VICTORY…Cougar Heavyweight Joe Brady, left, begins to put a cross face on Joe Carey of Boonton
                                                                                                                                                          in his quarterfinal bout. Brady won, 7-0, and went on to win the heavyweight title.

                                                                                                                                                          COUGARS MARKOVITCH, DiGIOVANNI PLACE FOURTH

                                                                                                                                                           Giaccio, Brady Grab Crowns
                                                                                                                                                           At Region 3 Mat Tournament
                                                                                                                                                                     By DAVID B. CORBIN                              reversal and a three-point single               “It was average. I should have kept
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     grapevine and arm hook maneuver.                my head up higher so I wouldn’t go to
                                                                                                                                                             Cranford (Cr) High School senior                        He then advanced to the title bout              my back. Tough kid!”
                                                                                                                                                          heavyweight Joe Brady’ and junior                          after beating Troy Heilmann of South               Looking toward AC, he added, “I
                                                                                                                                                          112-pounder Joe Giaccio’s wishes                           Plainfield (SoP), 5-2.                          want to place!”
                                                                                                                                                          came true when they won their re-                            “It was all or nothing. I got a nice             Brady, seeded first at heavyweight,
                                                                                                                                                          spective weight classes at the Region                      takedown. I rode him out, escaped in            recorded two powerful double-leg
                                                                                                                                                          3 Tournament in Union on February                          the third period and took him down to           takedowns and a cross-face takedown
                                                                                                                                                          27 to advance to the NJSIAA state                          win,” Giaccio explained. “I wrestled            to defeat Boonton’s (Bn) Joe Carey,
                                                                                                                                                          tournament that begins tomorrow,                           probably one of my best matches this            7-2, in the quarterfinals.
                                                                                                                                                          March 5, and runs through Sunday,                          year.”                                             “It was open all day on this kid. It
                                                                                                                                                          March 7, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlan-                         In his title bout with Jorge Lopez of         wasn’t really much for me. I just
                                                                                                                                                          tic City (AC).                                             Delbarton (Del), Giaccio scored an              didn’t want to do anything stupid, so
                                                                                                                                                             Giaccio, seeded first at 112 lbs,                       early takedown and a two-point tilt             I kept on top and rode him out.” Brady
                                                                                                                                                          defeated Zach Matthijs (Colonia), 8-                       but got a little careless for a brief           said.
                                                                                                 David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times   2, reaping cushion points with a switch                    period to yield a two-point tilt. He               Looking forward to his next bout
TAKING MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS…Cougar guard Jamie Webb drives to the basket in the Union County                                                                                                                   then added a takedown to win the title          with a familiar foe in Linden’s Austin
Tournament semifinal game against Roselle Catholic on February 23. Webb finished with 12 points.                                                                                                                     with a 6-3 decision.                            Frank, Brady said, “Austin Frank is
                                                                                                                                                            Probitas Verus Honos                                       Describing his bout, Giaccio said,                         CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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UCT JV GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPS…The Cranford Cougar girls won the Union County Tournament Junior
Varsity championship after defeating A.L. Johnson of Clark, 44-36, to finish with a 20-1 record.

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