Bloomfield HS girls’ basketball team downs MKA to improve to 4-1

BLOOMFIELD – Junior guard Grace Cannon had 17 points and five rebounds and senior forward Aniyah Allen had four points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead the Bengals to a 43-32 home win over Montclair Kimberley Academy.

Junior guard Genesis Collins scored seven points; senior guard Samantha Corio had five points and five rebounds; sophomore guard Raquel Plata contributed four points, six rebounds and two assists and senior forward Gracielle Richards added one point with five rebounds and two steals.

BHS improved to a 4-1 record.

In earlier action, the Bengals defeated Mahwah before losing to Ramsey in the John Carty Tournament in Mahwah.

Cannon had 27 points, including four 3-pointers, five steals and five blocks and Collins had 13 points and five assists in the 58-52 win over Mahwah in the semifinal on Dec. 27. Allen had 11 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks and Richards had four points and four rebounds. Corio had three points and Naouai grabbed five rebounds.

The Bengals lost to Ramsey, 48-41, in the final on Dec. 29. Cannon posted 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks; Collins had 14 points and two rebounds; Allen scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds; Naouai had two points and hauled in seven rebounds; and Richards grabbed nine rebounds and collected two steals. Corio, Jalia Santos and Raquel Plata also saw time.

Cannon scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Bengals to a 46-44 win at Irvington on Dec. 22.  Collins had nine points, Corio had eight points, and Richards and Aniyah each had five points for the Bengals, who outscored Irvington, 11-6, in the third quarter to take a 32-29 lead.