WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Warriors and the Franklin Warriors boys and girls basketball teams battled again on Thursday with a split result.
In Somerset, Watchung Hills senior Michael Bressler had a game-high 23 points, with five 3-pointers, to lead Watchung Hills over Franklin, 88-41. Chad Martini added 18 points and six rebounds, Pat Stefurak scored 17 points, Brian Hopwood finished with 12 points, and Elijah Lewis chipped in 10 points for Watchung Hills.
“Very proud of the boys,” said WHRHS boys head coach Justin Salton. “It was probably are most complete game from start to finish across the entire roster. Monster week next week against two top 10 teams in the state and nationally ranked.”
At home, Onoseta Ufuah led the scoring for Franklin with 23 points and Keona Schenck pitched in 19 points to help the Franklin Warriors improve to 11-3 on the year. Alexa Santo paced Watchung Hills with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Mahogany Jenkins added 17 points and 9 rebounds as the WHRHS Lady Warriors dropped to 15-2 on the season with a final score, 66-60.
“A tough loss tonight against an always talented Franklin team,” said WHRHS girls head coach Reece Kirchofer. “Offensively we were solid but too many costly turnovers along with subpar defense did us in. Glad to be right back at it tomorrow against Ridgewood. We expect to wrap up a tough 4 game week on a positive tomorrow and then back to work preparing for a challenging conference schedule next week.”
The Watchung Hills girls next play Ridgewood at home on Friday at 5 pm. The boys host Gill St. Bernard’s on Tuesday at 5:30 pm.