Girls Basketball: Cunningham Leads Watchung Hills over Ridge, 85-61

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Cunningham Explodes for 40 and Hits 1000, Leads Warriors over Ridge, 85-61 "The Shot" Credits: B. Nemcek
WHRHS Girls Basketball: Cunningham Explodes for 40 and Hits 1000, Leads Warriors over Ridge, 85-61 Credits: B. Nemcek
Jess Santo Credits: B. Nemcek

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills' Julia Cunningham scored a school record 40 points, including her 1000th career point, on the way to leading the Warriors to an 85-61 girls basketball victory over Ridge Tuesday night.

Junior captain Cunningham became the second player in Watchung Hills history to score 1,000 points in a career. She is the first ever to reach that milestone in her junior year. Cunningham also added six assists and four rebounds.

Sophie Beneventine connected for 17 points and Abby Ursino scored 13 points for Ridge (6-9). 

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"I just would say that this evening was a marvelous night for Lady Warrior Basketball," said WHRHS head coach Maurice Kirchofer.  "From scoring 1,000 to setting the school mark for points in a game with 40 Julia made the night unforgettable for our program.  She deserves every accolade she receives as she plays a beautiful brand of basketball contributing to the team in so many categories. It has just been such a joy to have her as a player and a student.  She is a credit to her family and Watchung Hills."

Watchung Hills jumped out to a 30-10 lead after the first quarter and Cunningham hit her 23rd point of the game and her 1,000th career point in the second quarter on a free throw. The Warriors took a 51-37 lead into the half.

Jayden Baltuch scored 10 points and juniors Jess Santo and Alyssa Killeen added nine points apiece for the Warriors. 

Watchung Hills improved to 11-3 and remain in first place in the Skyland Conference Raritan Division

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