CHATHAM, NJ - In most games the Chatham girls basketball team plays this season, getting 18 points from senior Maddie Hartnett will likely lead to a victory for the Cougars. Not this time.
Playing against a very balanced Watchung Hills team, Hartnett needed more help from her teammates and that just didn't happen on Monday night when the Warriors closed out the Cougar Classic with a 50-35 win over Chatham.
Watchung Hills (4-0) had three players score in double figures, led by Mahogany Jenkins, who sparkled with 15 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and a blocked shot. Hartnett was the only player in double figures for Chatham (5-1).
"You have to give them a lot of credit," Chatham coach Joe Gaba said. "They took away a lot of what we do. We were well scouted. They went really hard on Maddie and Tess (Ford), and we need to have other pieces on the floor to improve. We need them to step up.
"It's no secret, you have to take Tess and Maddie away. And if they're taken away, we're going to need other people on the court to step into more of a scoring role."
Junior guard Ford hit a 3-pointer (see video below) and two free throws in the first period when Chatham took a 12-10 lead. But she was under constant pressure from the Hills defense and was held scoreless over the final three quarters of action.
In the fourth quarter, Hartnett hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game from the top of the key to slice the Cougars' deficit to 34-31.
But those were the last points by Hartnett and after freshman Meja Jaegerskog scored with an offensive rebound and then hit two free throws with 4:03 showing, the Cougars were shut down the rest of the way. Watchung Hills scored the final 10 points of the game to clinch it.