SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Deadlocked at 19 points in a low scoring affair on the road, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team was outscored 19-13 over final eight minutes and was defeated at Union Catholic, 38-32.
Freshman Olivia Lawlor had a double-double -- with 11 points paired with a matching 11 rebounds -- to lead Summit. Sophomore Annabella Yorio flirted with the same feat, scoring seven points and snagging eight 'boards for The 'Top, now 8-4 on the season.
Erin McNulty had 10 and Abigale Ortiz eight for the Vikings.
Neither side scored in first 3:30 of the opening frame, which concluded with the Hilltoppers ahead 8-4. The second stanza was a rough one for the visitors offensively, as they could muster but two points and went to the halftime break trailing in a football-like scoreline of 14-10.
A better segment followed after the break for Summit, as they 'won' the quarter 9-5, tieing the game and turning the contest into an eight-minute tilt.
The Hilltoppers fell behind by five, at 26-21, with 4:40 to go when sophomore Kiran McCormick provided a spark by making the front end of one and one and then knocking down the second shot she just earned by making the first freebie. Then McCormick drove to hoop on Summit's next possession ato bring the Hilltoppers within one at 26-25.
The promising mini-run was snuffed out, however, as the Vikings went on a 6-0 jaunt of their own to bump their lead back up to seven. Lawlor hit 3 of 4 from the charity stripe to narrow the gap to four with 1:55 remaining, but Union Catholic was able to win the ensuing free throw contest to close out the game.
Summit now makes the four-turn trip to Governor Livingston January 19 to face the Highlanders. The ball goes in the air at 11:30 a.m.