ELIZABETH— James Madison High School of Madison won the first place Varsity Tournament Green Division championship title in the Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament on Dec. 29, 2013 defeating David Brearley High School of Kenilworth, 37-15.
The annual tournament, hosted by Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, along with the Benedictine Academy Parents Association over Christmas break, featured girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball teams from 12 New Jersey high schools.
St. Vincent’s Academy (Newark) placed third in the Green Division, beating Mary, Help of Christians Academy (fourth place) of Haledon, 40-31. Snyder H.S. of Jersey City won fifth place in the Green Division, beating North 13th Street H.S. (sixth place) of Newark 44-13. Ferris H.S. of Jersey City earned seventh place in the Green Division, beating Immaculate Conception H.S. (eighth place) of Montclair in a very close game, 48-46.
Gabby Fuchs of Madison High School was named Varsity Tournament MVP.
The White Division tournament games on Dec. 29 saw East Side High School of Newark squeak by Benedictine Academy in an exciting contest with a score of 28-27, earning that Division’s Championship Title. East Side and Benedictine Academy earned first and second place respectively in the White Division. St. Mary’s High School of Elizabeth won third place in that Division.
Elizabeth High School’s junior varsity team placed first during the JV Championship game portion of the Tournament on Dec. 29, defeating Benedictine Academy 40-28.
JV teams from David Brearley and North 13th Street High Schools also competed.
The Tournament is named for Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia, who coached at Benedictine Academy from 1954-58. Her record during her tenure at the all-female Catholic college prep high school was 36-4. The 1954-55 BA varsity basketball team was undefeated, with a 12-0 record.
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