ELIZABETH — A Superior Court judge on Thursday said a Scotch Plains girl has no right to play on a Catholic school's boys basketball team.

12-year-old Sydney Phillips had wanted to play this year on the boys' team at St. Theresa’s School in Kenilworth after the school did away with the girls' team for lack of participation.

Her family filed a lawsuit after failing to convince school and Archdiocese of Newark officials.

Unlike public schools, St. Theresa’s isn’t subject to the same Title IX gender-equity regulations that require public schools to allow girls to play on boys teams if no team for girls is available.


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