SUMMIT, NJ - Down two key team members and facing a dynamic opposing player, not exactly a recipe for success, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team dropped a 54-35 decision to Union at the Main Gym.
The Farmers' talented senior Nneka Moneme scored 22 points and Allison Seater added 18, as Summit hung with Union for the first quarter and part of the second -- on the strength of four three-balls -- but eventually fell behind by double-digits and never really threatened thereafter.
Junior captain Christina Richson led Summit with 13 points as the Hilltoppers season record dipped to 4-11.
The Hilltoppers were in the contest, trailing just 18-14 in the second quarter when Moneme led a 11-2 run that appeared to take the modicum of air that was in Summit's balloon and do away with it.
Playing without Catherine Maloney and Eliza Rustum, both out due to injury, Moneme commanded the lane, with many of her baskets coming from power moves to the basket or put-backs from in close.
Up until the Farmers late first-half move, Summit had used shots from beyond the arc -- courtesy of Grace Keegan, Mya Thompson and two from Richson -- to counterpunch the Union's inside game, but while the Farmers' tactics continued to bear fruit, the Hilltoppers' did not.
After Union 'won' the third quarter 10-6, Summit was down 17 points, at 39-22, heading to the fourth, which made the final eight minutes scrimmage-like.
Summit next heads to Governor Livingston January 26 for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.