CHATHAM, NJ - Grace Tortorella and Maddy Frohnapfel completed an undefeated girls basketball season in the morning for the Chatham Junior Varsity team and then stepped onto the court in the afternoon as varsity members and contributed to a second Cougar victory on Saturday.
The Chatham JVs finished a perfect 14-0 season with a 52-34 win over Morris Knolls and, after the game, Chatham coach Joe Gaba called up Tortorella, Frohnapfel and Remmey McEnroe to the varsity. All three played in the 48-26 season-ending win.
Grace Tortorella and Maddy Frohnapfel talk about their varsity debuts
In the Chatham varsity game, freshman Maddy Frohnapfel got the call late in the second quarter and drained a 3-pointer on her very first varsity shot after receiving a pass from her older sister, Carly (see below). That shot gave the Cougars a 20-13 lead heading into the halftime break.
Tortorella, a junior, made her varsity debut late in the third quarter, taking control of a loose ball on defense before connecting on a 3-pointer (see below) with 48 seconds left to give Chatham a 34-20 lead. Like Frohnapfel, it was Tortorella's first varsity action and first varsity shot and points.
The other members of the undefeated Chatham JV included Ava Smith, Elsa Spoor, Sophia Cuttita, Remi Levato, Leah Riso, Peyton Carlin, Ella Linn, Bella Mocarski and Abby Stadinski.
"Whether it was snow days or Covid, there wasn't a lot of practice time," Chatham JV coach Lindsay Atchison said. "Really it was that they were so unbelievably athletic and they worked incredibly hard and took care of each other. Just a great group of girls.
"Grace Tortorella was our junior captain, an outstanding 3-point shooter and an overall amazing team leader. Honestly, all of them are fantastic."