GLADSTONE, NJ - Watchung Hills’ Brian Hopwood nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Watchung Hills boys basketball the upset win over Gill St. Bernard’s in the Somerset County semifinal Thursday, 78-76. Gill won both prior matchups this season and had beaten Watchung Hills 14 of the last 15. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9F-FNXJtaB/?igshid=1fgwa82gidcms
“Speechless,” said WHRHS head coach Justin Salton. “This is just a legendary result against one of the best teams in state and country. It will not stop their dynasty l, but it is quite an honor to be the team, a public school team, to find a way to beat their super star team. This is a win for our entire program and community and I’m so proud to be their coach.”
Zach Martini led Gill with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
And in Somerset, the Watchung Hills Lady Warriors upset Franklin in overtime 51-47 in the Somerset County semifinals. Scarlett Glasser-Nehls led the team with 18 points. Mahogany Jenkins added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Watchung Hills.
“One of the hardest fought road victories in our teams history,” said WHRHS head coach Reece Kirchofer. “Comeback after comeback against a top 20 team and then a gutty OT finish. So amazing to meet our team goal of a county final! So many plays that need to be made in a game like this! Incredible teamwork has led to this great accomplishment! Excited to represent WH with the boys in the County Final! Let’s get the Tribe out for a great day of basketball!”
Alexa Santo pitched in with 9 points and Sophomore Bella Murray added 8 points for Watchung Hills, who improved to 20-4 with the win. Keona Schenck paced Franklin (19-5) with 14 points.
Both teams will face Rutgers Prep in the Somerset County Finals at Montgomery on Saturday.