UPDATE: East Orange Campus HS girls’ basketball team defeats Caldwell to reach Essex County Tournament quarterfinals

Correction: The date of the quarterfinal game is Feb. 20.

EAST ORANGE – Senior guard Marvellous Osagie-Erese had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals and freshman Lakel Willis had 16 points, four rebounds and six steals to lead the top-seeded and defending champion East Orange Campus High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a 75-47 win over No. 16 seed Caldwell the first round of the Essex County Tournament on Feb. 13 at EOCHS.

Freshman Brianna Mills had 12 points and eight rebounds; senior forward Barbara Jackson had 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks; senior guard Sahara Crawford netted 11 points; sophomore forward Moriyah Jordan posted 10 points and Annoushka Boatswain added one point for the Lady Jaguars, who improved to a 15-2 record.

EOCHS will host eighth-seeded West Orange in the quarterfinals on Feb. 20. The tip-off time could not be confirmed. The winner will face the winner between No. 5 Nutley and No. 4 Newark Shabazz in the semifinals doubleheader at Weequahic HS on Feb. 24 in Newark.

The Jaguars also hope to win a state sectional title for the second year in a row. EOCHS is the No. 2 seed in the state North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 tournament. The top seed is Bayonne.  Last year, the Jaguars won the Section 1, Group 4 title.

In earlier action, Jordan had 13 points and seven rebounds and Osagie-Erese and Barbara Jackson each had nine points and seven rebounds as the Jaguars rallied to beat Nutley, 47-37, Feb. 11 at home.

Trailing 33-30, the Jaguars outscored Nutley, 17-4, in the fourth quarter.

Willis had nine points and five steals and Crawford added  seven points and four rebounds.

Blair Watson, a McDonald’s All-American, was held to 13 points, but had 17 rebounds and six blocks for Nutley.

Essex County Tournament

First round

1-East Orange Campus defeated 16-Caldwell, 75-47

8-West Orange defeated 9-Bloomfield, 49-46, double overtime

5-Nutley defeated 12-Columbia, 53-15

4-Newark Shabazz defeated 13-Orange, 54-44

2-Newark Academy defeated 15-Mount Saint Dominic, 42-24

7-Newark Tech defeated 10-Bloomfield Tech, 74-57

11-Millburn defeated 6-Montclair, 61-52

3-University defeated 14-Barringer, 76-52

Quarterfinals, Feb. 20

8-West Orange at 1-East Orange Campus

5-Nutley at 4-Newark Shabazz

7-Newark Tech at 2-Newark Academy

11-Millburn at 3-University


North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 tournament

First round

March 1

16-Columbia at 1-Bayonne

9-Watchung Hills at 8-North Hunterdon

12-J.P. Stevens at 5-Union

13-Bridgewater-Raritan at 4-Franklin

14-Scotch Plains-Fanwood at 3-Piscataway

11-Phillipsburg at 6-Dickinson

10-Westfield at 7-Millburn

15-Ridge at 2-East Orange Campus