CHATHAM, NJ – The Chatham girls’ basketball team salvaged the final game of the 2013 Cougar Classic. After losses to Hunterdon Central and Columbia, the Cougars held on to defeat Gov. Livingston, 42-34, in Monday’s tournament finale.
Colleen Mulvaney led the charge for the Cougars, scoring a team-high 15 points in Chatham’s lone victory of its holiday tournament.
“The last game against Columbia we certainly didn’t play the way we are capable of playing,” Chatham head coach Joe Gaba said. “We bounced back well. It’s a great sign for a young, inexperienced team.”
The Cougars led, 9-3, at end of the first quarter, holding the Highlander offense to only two baskets.
Gov. Livingston fought back in the second, outscoring the Cougars, 10-4, over the course of the quarter.
Tied at 13 to start the second half, Chatham poured on 16 points to take an 11-point lead. Mulvaney could not be stopped during the third quarter. She scored 10 straight points in the frame to put Chatham on top 29-18.
In the fourth, led by Patrice DiTommasso, the Highlanders fought back to pull within three. The Gov. Livingston senior, who led both teams with 17 points, scored on four different occasions in the period to help erase their second double-digit deficit of the game.
After DiTommasso rattled off four straight points to make the score 38-34 with 1:44 to play, Chatham’s defense stepped up, not allowing a single point the rest of the way.
“They’re effort was great,” Gov. Livingston head coach Andy Silvagni said. “We’re just a little offensively challenged. If we hold a good team like that to 42 points, we should win, not have a shot to win, we should win. We’re just offensively challenged.”
Following three days of no games, both teams are back in action on Friday. Gov. Livingston visits Summit, while Chatham goes up to Morristown. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.