SUMMIT, NJ - The last time the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team met AL Johnson, they allowed 27 fourth-quarter points -- nearly 70 in total -- en route to a 19-point loss on their home floor. The return match in Clark was a different story, as Cassidy O'Malley scored a team-high 19, and freshman Christina Richson added 15, as the Hilltoppers responded with a solid effort and came away with a 56-52 victory.
As the second half got underway, Summit went on an 8-0 run, connecting off turnovers and scoring chances to build their lead up to 35-24 midway through the third quarter. The Hilltoppers pulled away early in the fourth, leading 52-41 at one point. Johnson battled back to close the gap, but Summit withstood the push and claimed the win.
“We definitely played a heck of a lot better," said Summit Head Coach Tom Kenny. "They embarrassed us in our place and played great basketball in our place. So, we came in with a mindset that we had to get our dignity back, we had to play better as a team, and for the most part, I do believe that we did that; especially in the third quarter when we came out."
Next Game: February 7 v. Linden at 3 p.m.