Despite Fifteen From O'Malley, Richson Double-Double, Summit H.S. Girls Basketball Falls to Westfield, 44-41

Captain Julia Harkins and her Hilltopper teammates could not hold a late lead and dropped a 44-41 decision at Westfield. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
SUMMIT, NJ - The one-two punch of Cassidy O'Malley's game-high 15 points and a double-double from Christina Richson was not enough, as the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team was defeated at Westfield, 44-41.
The Hilltoppers had a 41-34 lead inside two minutes, but surrendered a pair of Westfield three-point field goals, and another basket plus free-throw three-point play, while going scoreless themselves to see their record dip to 7-3.
The game was taut throughout, with the teams tied at nine after the opening eight minutes, the Blue Devils taking a four-point halftime lead, and Summit trimming the deficit to a lone point after three quarters.
Westfield took the fourth quarter by a single basket, 13-11, to earn the win. Molly Ryan also scored a game-high 15 for the Blue Devils -- including six clutch points in the deciding final minutes -- while Danielle Rinaldi added nine. Richson had 12 points -- on four threes -- and 11 rebounds for the Hilltoppers, while O'Malley grabbed nine boards, dished out four assists and swatted away five shots in the loss.
Summit -- road warriors since December 22 -- finally returns home to the friendly confines of the Main Gym January 19, facing Newark Collegiate Academy. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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