Chatham Girls Basketball Tagged with 2nd Straight OT Loss; State Tournament Next

Chatham coach Joe Gaba talks to Lady Cougars during overtime loss to Morristown-Beard on Friday Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham girls basketball team got a chance to experience what it's like to play against a Morristown-Beard standout guard with the last name of Monaghan.

The Chatham boys are hoping it goes better for them on Saturday in the Morris County Tournament final against a Crimson guard named Monaghan than it did for the Lady Cougars on Friday.

Sophomore guard Bridget Monaghan scored 25 of her game-high 27 points in the second half and overtime to power Morristown-Beard past Chatham, 49-46.

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The Chatham boys will be going up against Brian Monaghan, Bridget's older brother, in the MCT final.

Chatham, now 13-12, will take a four-game losing streak, icluding two straight overtime defeats, into the NJSIAA state tournament at home against Rahway on Tuesday. 

The Lady Cougars should have been able to ride the 24-point effort by 6-1 forward Veronica Kelly to victory and it looked they would in the first half. In the second quarter, Chatham closed out the half with a 16-4 run that staked it to a 23-13 lead at the break.

Camryn Davies hit two 3-pointers and Kelly scored 10 points in that run. But Monaghan scored 14 points in the third quarter to fuel the comeback.

"We let down our defense in the second half and we couldn't finish," Chatham guard Michaela Ford said. "I think we just need to play better defense, keep the pressure up."

After Kelly converted a pass from Michaela Ford to give Chatham a 38-32 edge with 3:03 left in the fourth quarter, Morristown-Beard scored the final six points to make it 38-38 and prompt overtime.

Kelly's two free throws handed the Lady Cougars a 40-38 edge in the extra session before the Crimson took charge. But the Lady Cougars had a chance to pull it out until the final seconds. Olivia Mathern sank both ends of one-and-one situation with 10.9 seconds left, slicing the Chatham deficit to 47-46.

Chatham then forced a turnover and had three shots at the basket before Monaghan finally iced it with two foul shots with 3.3 seconds on the clock.

"Even in the first half we weren't hitting our shots and in the second half it just carried over," Davies said. "We just put it behind us and play our best on Tuesday and keep our season alive."

Camryn Davies drains 3-pointer from the left corner for Chatham vs. Morristown-Beard

Veronica Kelly follows her own miss to score for Chatham


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