Girls basketball: 2022 Essex County Tournament bracket, scores, schedule

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Cedar Grove coach Bill Scanlon in the second half as Cedar Grove topped Nutley in their final game of an undefeated season on March 6, 2021 in Cedar Grove, NJ.
Cedar Grove coach Bill Scanlon in the second half as Cedar Grove topped Nutley in their final game of an undefeated season on March 6, 2021 in Cedar Grove, NJ.

After a one year hiatus, a county champion in girls basketball will be crowned in Essex County.

Not contested last season due to a shortened pandemic year, the Essex County tournament has been contested every other year since the tournament's inception in 1975.

Only eight different schools have ever been crowned county champion in Essex County, led by Shabazz with 17 titles and 20 finals appearances, the most in both categories.

Montclair Immaculate, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, is seeking its first county tournament championship since 1990 after being the runner-up in both 2019 and 2020. No. 2 Columbia has not won the county title since 2001 and has not reached the final since 2010. No. 3 seed University is the last champion, winning its third county title in 2020.

The higher seed in each round will host in the three preliminary rounds, as well as the first round and the quarterfinals. Both semifinals and the tournament final will take place at Essex Community College in Newark.

Preliminary Round 1

at higher seed

Jan. 27

(25) North Star Academy 41, (24) Barringer 38

(20) Payne Tech 46, (29) Science Park 31

Jan. 28

(18) Verona 58, (31) Newark Lab 6

(23) Montclair Kimberley 68, (26) West Side 23

(22) Newark Collegiate 39, (27) Shabazz 27

Jan. 31

(21) Montclair 65, (28) Belleville 23

(19) Newark Tech 52, (30) Orange 28

Preliminary Round 2

at higher seed

Jan. 31

(9) Caldwell 77, (25) North Star Academy 38

(16) Livingston 38, (17) Irvington 19

Feb. 2

(10) Newark Central 53, (23) Montclair Kimberley 39

Feb. 3

(12) Cedar Grove 47, (21) Montclair 27

(11) Newark Academy 50, (22) Newark Collegiate 20

(18) Verona 29, (15) Glen Ridge 22

(13) Millburn 43, (20) Payne Tech 34

(14) Bloomfield 52, (19) Newark Tech 37

First Round

at higher seed

Saturday

(1) Montclair Immaculate 75, (16) Livingston 21

(9) Caldwell 54, (8) Mount St. Dominic 37

(4) East Orange Campus 96, (13) Millburn 44

(3) University 77, (14) Bloomfield 35

(11) Newark Academy 43, (6) Nutley 37

(10) Newark Central 54, (7) West Essex 41

(2) Columbia 45, (18) Verona 29

Monday

(5) West Orange 47, (12) Cedar Grove 35

Quarterfinals

Feb. 12

(1) Montclair Immaculate 77, (9) Caldwell 45

(5) West Orange 45, (4) East Orange Campus 43

(3) University 83, (11) Newark Academy 51

(10) Newark Central 46, (2) Columbia 40

Semifinals

Feb. 16 at Essex Community College

(5) West Orange at (1) Montclair Immaculate, 5 p.m.

(10) Newark Central at (3) University, 7 p.m.

Final

Feb. 19 at Essex Community College

1/5 winner vs. 3/10 winner, 1 p.m.

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