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Back-To-Back Titles For Lady Panthers

03/12/2014 06:38AM ● By Rebecca K. Abma

Photo by Rich Formicola

History was made at Midland Park high school on Tuesday, when the Lady Panthers took their second North 1, Group 1 title besting the Verona Hillbillies 49-39.

Seniors Rebecca Rabeiro, Nicole Cartaino and Amanda Parker were stars of the game, which was neck-in-neck with Verona through much of the third quarter. Rabeiro scored 19 points, with 10 steals and four assists, Cartaino scored 18 points, and 14 rebounds and Parker made eight rebounds and five steals. Sophmore Thalia Ghalam also made several key plays and scored seven points.

Game synopsis from Tom Carey of the Boosters: 

On Tuesday Night at a sold out Midland Park High School the Lady Panthers of Midland Park won their 2nd consecutive Group 1 Section 1 Championship with a 49-39 win over 2nd seeded Verona High School.   

It was a close contest where the Lady Panthers stretched a 9-6 first quarter lead to a 21-15 halftime lead. The Hillbillies from Verona wouldn’t go away easily as they cut the lead to 34-29 after 3 periods on some sharp 3 point shooting.   

In the 4th quarter the Lady Panthers outscored the Hillbillies 15-10 to capture the 49-39 win.  The Panthers were led offensively by Rebecca Rabeiro 19 points 10 steals and 4 assists, and Nicole Cartaino with 18 Points and 14 rebounds. Thalia Ghalam chipped in with 7 points and 6 rebounds and Amanda Parker contributed 5 points in the win.   With the win the Lady Panthers improved to 25-2 on the season.

On Thursday Night the Lady Panther will be playing Shabazz in the Group 1 North Jersey Final at 5:00PM at Ramapo High School. The winner will advance to the Group 1 State Championship Game at Toms River. Please come out and support the Lady Panthers.   

For a great wrap up video and synopsis of the game, check out Jersey Sports Now. For game anaylsis, visit

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