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First-time participants Old Tappan and Lenape square off followed by defending champion Manasquan against University
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Despite the 50-39 loss it suffered against fourth-seeded Lenape in the first round of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, fifth-seeded Old Tappan had plenty to be proud considering the advertsity overcome to reach the season's final week
St. John Vianney and Rutgers Prep, perched No. 1 and 2 atop the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 20 since the outset of the season, earned the top two seeds, respectively, on Sunday night for the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, which begins on Wendesday night at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The
Senior point guard Emily Crevani accounted for 20 points, but it was her two critical steals late in the fourth quarter and steely poise down the stretch that helped Old Tappan avenge last year's loss in the state final with a 47-36 triumph over Middletown South
Michelle Sidor sensed that if she was going to help Saddle River Day reach the Bergen County Tournament final, she'd have to adapt her approach during the fourth quarter.
Middletown South and Old Tappan have overcome their fair share of adversity to return to Pine Belt Arena for a rematch of last year's Group 3 state final. Watch it LIVE on MSGVarsity.com
Old Tappan defeats Middletown South 47-36
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St. John Vianney, Rutgers Prep continue to lead the pack; Rumson-Fair Haven, Morris Catholic, Manasquan, St. Rose all move up and Neptune moves in.
Trailing by seven early in the third, second-seeded Old Tappan, already dealing with the absence of leading scorer Ariana Chipolone, overcame another bout with adversity to topple seventh-seeded and defending champion IHA, 42-36, in the Bergen County Tournament quarterfinals