NJ’s Morris County Tournament Girls’ Semis Preview: Morris Catholic Takes on Chatham


Morris Catholic is currently on an unprecedented 18-game winning streak, so they are an extremely sizzling run going into its Friday night’s matchup against Chatham (13-9) in the Morris County Tournament (MCT) semifinals at the County College of Morris on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Crusaders beat Booton and Pequannock, while the Cougars defeated Kinnelon and Jefferson to get the semifinals.

The Pauldo Twins, Mia and Mya, are two freshmen everyone needs to watch. They are a lethal combination of scoring and rebounding. Plus. they just know how to win, evident by Morris Catholic’s 18-1 record, which they have played a big part in this campaign.

Mia leads the Crusaders (18-1) in scoring with 453 points in 20 games and Mya, who is second on the squad with 307 in 18 contests. Mia is currently tops in boards on the Crusaders with 158.

If a team manages to contain the Pauldo Twins, no small task, indeed, there are freshman guard Daniella Matus and junior guard Natalie Stoupakis, who scored 293 points and 245, respectively, with which to contend.

As for Chatham, junior guard Riley Allen is an ever-improving player who has drained 276 points 22 tilts and has grabbed 124 rebounds. When Allen gets hot, she can drain a copious number of points in a bunch.

Freshman guard Ella Kreuzer is second in points on the squad with 235. She has progressed into someone the team can rely during crunch time. Mia Semioli, playing with a measure of controlled aggressiveness, is another freshman guard that has provided a spark to this young club, scoring with 178 points in 22 games.

Last but not certainly least is senior forward Carly Frohnapfel, who gives Chatham a blood-and-guts effort every time she hits the hardwood. Frohnapfel paces the Cougars in boards with 143 and has dropped in 123 points in 21 contests.

— Jerry Del Priore

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