SUMMIT, NJ - Transitioning from celebration to domination in the blink of an eye, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Game lauded their seniors and then took the floor and marauded over the Linden, winning going away 53-18 at the Main Gym on 'Senior Day'.
Prior to the tip, the Hilltoppers saluted six seniors -- squad members Ellie Anderson, Bella Cusumano, Grace Mahoney, Micaela Nardino and team managers Lauren Chieffo and Grace Farnum -- and then hit the hardwood running, scoring, and making quick work of the Tigers.
The Maroon and White shot out to a 9-1 lead that led to a 17-4 advantage at the end of one quarter, fueled by 11 points -- and three treys -- from sophomore Annabella Yorio. By halftime, it was 30-10, freshman Olivia Lawlor dropping four straight buckets in the second quarter, and liberal substitutions and a comfortable jaunt to the finish line were in the offing.
A 23-8 second half sum in favor of the home team put even more sparkle on the festive day.
Yorio led Summit with 16 points, Lawlor added 10, and Mahoney chipped in eight. Sophomore Kiran McCormick dished out seven assists and, all told, 10 Hilltoppers had at least two points in the victory.
After the game, Summit Head Coach Tom Kenny said of his seniors, "Since naming them captains in the spring, the four of them have put the program before themselves all through both our off-season in terms of helping and coaching the younger levels, and in-season with guiding our relatively young varsity and JV groups. They are perhaps the most significant reason why we've already reached our win total of last year and in contention for another Mountain Division title... when no one really thought we'd be anything special this year. They are four amazing young women who continue to make all of Summit proud."
Next up for the Hilltoppers, now 14-8, is a trip to New Providence and a winner-takes-all matchup versus the Pioneers for that afore-mentioned Mountain Division crown. Tip-off is set for 11:30 a.m.