CHATHAM, NJ - Maddie Hartnett and Tess Ford are the go-to point producers on the Chatham girls basketball team this season. But when Ford had to sit with foul trouble in the third quarter against Westfield on Saturday night, the points were hard to come by.
That's when senior guard Emma Frohnapfel helped Chatham through a rough patch by scoring five points, including her first career 3-pointer, as the Cougars outlasted Westfield, 47-37.
Chatham (7-2) held a 26-16 lead at the halftime break, but it became a defensive battle in the third quarter after Westfield (4-4) opened with a 3-pointer from Ali Lisanti.
The only other points scored in the period were Frohnapfel's two free throws and her 3-pointer with 39 seconds left in the period.
"I can't play (Ford) with three fouls and that much time left in the third quarter," Joe Gaba, Chatham coach said. "Fortunately, they couldn't score. I told them in the timeout that defense was going to get us through the quarter."
Hartnett scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter when Chatham put the game away. The senior guard drained her second 3-pointer of the game to start the fourth (see below).
Ford's third 3-pointer of the game came in the fourth quarter, staking the Cougars to a 42-29 lead with 1:45 to go.
Ford did most of her damage in the first half, scoring 11 points over the first two quarters in fueling Chatham's 10-point advantage at the break. The junior guard scored eight points over the final 1:44 of the second quarter, hitting a foul-line jumper, a 3-pointer from the top of the key (see below) and converting a three-point play on a drive to the basket with 9.4 seconds showing.