Chatham Lady Cougars Triumph Over Madison 47-30, Win Conference Title

Chatham Lady Cougars Triumph Over Madison 47-30, Win Conference Title

CHATHAM, NJ - Megan Conners lit up with two three-pointers during the first five minutes of the Chatham Cougars’ home-game victory over the Madison Dodgers Monday night. Tori Ellis was the sturdiest brick in Madison’s defensive wall, but the team could not match Chatham’s offensive speed and fell to the Cougars, 47-30.
Sam Cicconi of Madison, whom coach Steven Finkelstein later congratulated for “playing her best game of the season,” earned Madison their only three points in the first quarter with a two-pointer and a free throw, making the score 10-3.
Guard Amanda Berntsen of Chatham swooshed a three-pointer in the first three minutes of the second quarter. Berntsen continued her scoring streak with two free throw points and a layup assisted by Hart. By halftime, Madison had added a mere two points in free throws, leading to a score of 26-5 in favor of Chatham. 
Ellis released some pent-up halftime angst with a layup and a three-pointer for Madison at the start of the third quarter. Berntsen counteracted Ellis with an open layup assisted by Davies, and Cicconi responded with two strong layups for Madison. Ellis restored Madison’s hopes, though Chatham maintained a hefty lead, 34-19.
In the final quarter, junior forward Lauren Linschuh and Hart of Chatham each made two-point shots. Ellis of Madison had to sit out on account of five fouls, and Davies compounded the disadvantage by sinking her two free throw shots. Cicconi of Madison resisted Chatham’s impending victory with a steal and layup, and scored the last two-pointer as coach Finkelstein counted down the game’s last ten seconds.
Chatham’s victory leaves the Cougars with a record of 23-1 on the season. Ten minutes before the game started, Chatham head coach Joe Gaba said that the team would focus on “better defense than the first time we played against Madison, and better zone offense.” Although defense was still weak, Chatham’s offense was strong.
Hart said, “We struggled a bit in the first half, but we still played really well” and Davies added that the team “did really well in transition.”
Hart and Davies are proud of having secured the conference title, and a mood of celebration filled the court as Coach Gaba, the team, and parents convened.  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Adults Who Interact With Teens Offered Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

February 23, 2018

With teenage suicide rates on an upswing, a barrage of tragedies in the news, and the heightened pressures of adolescence in a media-frenzied world, it’s more important than ever for caring adults to know how to intervene effectively.

Morris County again this year is funding Youth Mental Health First Aid training through NewBridge Services for adults who regularly interact with children ...