ROSELLE, NJ – Senior guard Kelly Osmulski led the Summit Lady Hilltoppers with 17 points and Ali Hoesly had 10 coming off the bench. The team also forced 21 turnovers in the first half alone from Roselle as they cruised to an easy 59-31 win on Thursday afternoon at Roselle High School.
The 15-4 Summit team that was recently awarded the number five seed in the upcoming Union County tournament looked to make a statement on the road by setting the tone early. That is exactly what they were able to do as they went on a 12-2 run over the first seven or so minutes of the contest.
Osmulski was on fire coming out as she scored the first six points for Summit on open chances underneath. She also nailed a long jumper with time winding down in the opening quarter as Summit grabbed a 16-5 lead after the first with Osmulski collecting 12 points.
“I think we wanted to come in here and beat them as much as we could. I think as a team we played really well,” Osmulski commented.
The Summit onslaught continued in the second quarter when they went on a 7-2 run to start out. Osmulski converted on yet another layup after a nice pass from teammate Nicole Johnson and Olivia Galuppo did some hard work underneath to score before nailing a jumper from the left side of the floor as Summit was up 22-7 midway through the quarter.
Roselle was able to narrow the margin down to 10 with 1:15 left until halftime, but then Hoesly put back her initial miss with time winding down as Summit held a 25-13 after two quarters of play.
“Especially on the road getting off to a good start is critical. I thought we did a good job of sharing the ball. Everybody got some shots which was good,” Summit Head Coach Brian Erickson said of the first half. “Overall I thought it was a good effort against a good Roselle team. It was a good matchup for us."
Another important factor in the Summit victory was their defensive play; especially on Roselle’s 6’5 center Nyasia Davis who recently surpassed the 1,000 rebound mark in her high school career. Although she had three blocks on Summit shot attempts near the basket she was held to only ten points in a contest that she played the entire 32 minutes in.
“We kind of tried to front her when they had the ball on offense so she wouldn’t get it. I think we played aggressive defense,” Osmulski said.
“She’s skilled. She’s talented. Our girls did a good job of limiting her chances offensively. I’m glad we kept her in check a little bit tonight,” Erickson added about Davis.
Summit can certainly enjoy the win today, but they will have to go right back to work tomorrow to prepare for the Union County tournament. Their first matchup is against number 13 ranked Plainfield High School on Monday, Feb. 13 at Rahway High School.
If they win on Monday, they will play the winner of the Westfield-Roselle Catholic game in the second round. Osmulski insists that she and her team want to play Roselle Catholic in the tournament because they have defeated Summit several times over the past four years.
Summit was able to put some more space between themselves and the opposition in the third quarter when they outscored Roselle 20-7. Hoesly led the way with six points and Johnson scored two baskets in a row off of a couple feeds from Osmulski as the score was 45-21 heading into the final quarter of play.
Carly Wilson led the way for Summit in the fourth quarter with four points.
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