Sports

Depth Charge: Summit H.S. Girls Basketball Looks for Season of Offensive Diversity

f717eb487dfb67a7f5e7_8775913425717f53d61d_Screen_Shot_2017-12-13_at_4.21.59_PM.jpg
Team captains, from left, Catherine Maloney, Christina Richson and Grace Keegan. Credits: Greg Elliott
f717eb487dfb67a7f5e7_8775913425717f53d61d_Screen_Shot_2017-12-13_at_4.21.59_PM.jpg

SUMMIT, NJ - There were times during their 2016-17 season when it appeared to neutral observers that it was 'Christina Richson versus the World' for the Hilltopper Girls Varsity Basketball Team.

The then-junior guard, known for her splash tactics from Three Point Land, would find herself the near-sole focus of the opposition's defense with the message sent loud and clear: "stop Number 10 and you stop Summit."

Often face guarded, Richson persevered and still found a way to score 373 points for the season, bringing her career total to 842 and well within reach of the milestone 1,000-point mark. Sixty-eight of her career 167 treys came during the '16-'17 campaign.

Sign Up for E-News

Wins, however, for the team were all too scarce, with the 07901ers finishing a challenging season 8-18.

Richson's seasonal life on 'basketball island' was made even more Castaway-like by the fact that two of the squad's more potent points threats -- juniors Catherine Maloney and Grace Keegan -- both went down with injuries and missed big chunks of the season.

There is a beam of bright light in the Maroon and White tunnel, however, as both Maloney and Keegan are back -- the latter's recovery a testament to equal parts modern medicine, grit, hard work and perseverance -- and the Hilltoppers should not be -- according to Head Coach Tom Kenny -- a one-trick bucket pony.

"We are as deep as we've been," said Kenny. "If teams defend us to stop just one player, I think we will make them pay."



Adding to the depth is an influx of Freshman, one of whom -- Annabella Yorio -- is penciled in to start at point guard. The three seniors -- Richson, Maloney and Keegan -- have all been named captains and will form the nucleus of Summit's offensive and defensive prowess. The fifth starter is junior Bella Cusumano.

Other new-to-the-Kent Place Boulevard-campus contributors are Ninth Graders Kiran McCormick and Sarah Maldonado, both of whom will likely make significant impacts. The young 'uns will likely be a part of a rotation that also will include key minutes for the bulk of the roster, including junior Micaela Nardino and sophomore Sylvie Goudreau.

At times, the lineup may feature up to four guards on the floor, and the ability to shoot the rock will be a key team attribute that should take the heat off Richson and make the Hilltoppers a heckuva lot harder to defend.

Summit also has enough height to be able to stand up to teams with size and length.

Importantly, Kenny says the senior leadership has embraced their underclass teammates, who will undoubtedly need a bit of time to adjust to the pace and life of high school varsity hoops.

"The captains have done a great job helping our younger kids to grow and, as a team, we are building chemistry and confidence."

2017-18 Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team

10 - Christina Richson, Senior (C)
20 - Catherine Maloney, Senior (C)
22 - Grace Keegan, Senior (C)
34 - Tatyana Lewis, Senior
21 - Victoria Harvey, Senior
15 - Micaela Nardino, Junior
11 - Bella Cusumano, Junior
4 - Ellie Anderson, Junior
23 - Grace Mahoney, Junior
5 - Sylvie Goudreau, Sophomore
33 - Fritzie DiMayorca, Sophomore
3 - Annabella Yorio, Freshman
2 -Kiran McCormick, Freshman
24 - Sarah Maldonado, Freshman

(C) - denotes team captain

Tom Kenny, Head Coach
Kyle Dattola, Assistant Coach
Dan Trench, Junior Varsity Head Coach
Danielle DeGraw, Freshman Team Head Coach
Isaac Welsh, Middle School Head Coach

2017-18 Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team Schedule

Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m., at Cranford
Tuesday, December 19, 5:30 p.m. v. Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Thursday, December 21, 5:30 p.m. at Union Catholic
Wednesday, December 27, 7:15 p.m., SUMMIT HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Thursday, December 28, TBA, SUMMIT HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Thursday, January 4, 7 p.m., at Governor Livingston
Saturday, January 6, 12 p.m., v. Montclair
Tuesday, January 9, 4 p.m., at Rahway
Thursday, January 11, 7 p.m., v. Oak Knoll
Saturday, January 13, 12 p.m., at New Providence
Tuesday, January 16, 7 p.m., at AL Johnson
Thursday, January 18, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Saturday, January 20, TBA at Bernards - KYLE KIRST MEMORIAL GAME
Tuesday, January 23, 4 p.m., at Union
Thursday, January 25, 7 p.m., v. Governor Livingston
Saturday, January 27, 12 p.m., v. Rahway
Thursday, February 1, 4 p.m., at Oak Knoll School
Saturday, February 3. TBA, at Immaculata
Tuesday, February 6, 7 p.m., v. Westfield
Thursday, February 8, 7 p.m., v. AL Johnson
Monday, February 12, 7 p.m., v. Roselle Catholic
Thursday, February 22, 5:30 p.m., at Morris Knolls

February 9-24 - Union County Tournament
February 26 - NJSIAA Tournament begins

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Status Report #5

June 20, 2018

As summer fast approaches, this will be my fifth semi-annual status report on what I have been up to on Council.  In a change from the prior two years, this year I have been serving as Council president. As such, I have had greater involvement across a multitude of different issues.  However, I want to focus on three themes that have so far permeated this Council: economic growth and ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_92eaadab4fea5d764092_edc2dcd4802a1c409d7c_screen_shot_2018-04-03_at_1.15.57_pm

Sun, June 24, 8:00 AM

Summit Summer Farmers Market, Summit

Summit Farmers Market

Community Calendar Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_5e177eaae57739064cd4_397f63ad2fb50392a776_29178074_2107642336134787_2638697507160326144_n

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Totowa

MakerFest 2018

Summit Police Blotter

June 19, 2018

5/29 - Mark L. Howard, 21, of Nutley was arrested and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking and credit card fraud. Mr. Howard was processed and released with a pending court date.

5/29 - At 1143 hours a report was taken for a theft of stolen license plate from a River Road business. The victim reported the last time the license plate was seen on the property was within the ...

Video: Dietze Says Despite Trade War Fears, Economy's Fundamentals Remain Strong

June 20, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live from the CNN building on the case for bullishness despite a potential trade war:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Talks U.S.-China Tariff Tussle's Market Impact

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on Cheddar.com discussing the market impact resulting from tariffs between the United States and China:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

​​​​​For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio ...

Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Returns -- Beware the Taxman

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and ...

Video: In The Zone with Christa Anderson

A must watch for anyone considering renovations, here is a recent interview that I conducted -- on my HomeTowne TV Show called “Are You Ready for Life?” -- with Christa Anderson, City of Summit Zoning Officer, to discuss the nuances within the variance process.

I asked Christa to shed some insight into the approval process, explain why it’s necessary, and ...

Hello, Neighbors

Hi, Summit families!

My name is Betsy Stoeber and I’ve been the owner and director at the specialized learning center Brain Balance of Summit since 2011. I first encountered Brain Balance the year before we opened as a parent. My own son participated in our innovative program at the center in Norwalk, CT, to address a number of learning challenges.

Traveling there three times per week ...

My So-Called Graduation

The last of my children graduated from high school.  

 

My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.  

 

Or at least far enough away that they won’t be needing rides home from ...