WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills and Franklin boys and girls basketball teams faced off on Saturday with mixed results, and Watchung Hills’ senior Chad Martini set a school record.
Martini grabbed his 1,000th career rebound today in the game against Franklin and is the first player in school history to have 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
At Franklin, the Watchung Hills boys defeated Franklin 52-36 raising their record to 9-3 on the season. Brian Hopwood led the team with 17 points. Elijah Lewis chipped in with 16 points for Watchung Hills.
“Very proud of our effort and defensive play today.,” said WHRHS head coach Justin Salton. “The first time we played them we gave up 70 points, and today we were dialed in. As we always tell our guys, a couple of little things will make all of the difference between great and elite.
Now we enter the top bracket of the conference tournament where we are on the side of HC (2 losses) and Gill (one loss), so we will have our work cut out for us. Coach Liu and I are excited for the opportunity to play a top 20 team on the road on Tuesday.
Also, we would like to congratulate Chad on achieving an unprecedented milestone, 1000 rebounds. He is the first player in school history to accomplish that ridiculous feat of 1000 points and 1000 rebounds. He is truly a special player and person and it has been an honor to coach him.”
At home, Christina Midgette led the way with 24 points and Kyierah Dempsey-Toney added 14 points as Franklin (5-4) topped Watchung Hills in Warren. Junior Bella Murray paced Watchung Hills with 24 and 10 rebounds while Julia Puglisi added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Morgan Groff chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Watchung Hills (5-7).
Editor's note: see above photo gallery for pictures of the girls game