|VIDEO: Hanover Park shoots down Cliffside Park in states|
The Hanover Park girls tasted success last basketball season, winning a sectional title. Despite losing many key players from that team, the Hornets are back in the sectional semifinals again.
A big first half put Hanover Park in complete control as it rolled to a 55-44 win over Cliffside Park in a North 2, Group II quarterfinal. Liana Ilutzi scored 17 points to lead the Hornets.
Maria Santora was red-hot in the first quarter for Hanover Park, hitting four three-pointers as her team built a 17-5 lead. Santora ended up with 15 points for the game, as did Lauren Dougherty.
The Hornets are now 21-6 but a 22nd win--and another sectional title--will be extremely difficult to come by. Hanover Park must travel to face Shabazz Saturday in the sectional semifinals; the Bulldogs are ranked #1 in the state of New Jersey.
For video sports highlights of the Hanover Park-Cliffside Park girls' basketball state tournament game, click play in the box at left.