SUMMIT, NJ - Despite a standout night from freshman guard Christina Richson, who drained six three-pointers en route to 24 points, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team was defeated by Westfield, 65-59, on Thursday.
Westfield countered Richson's scoring with a lethal 1-2 punch from their guards. Lillian Scott scored a game-high 25 points, and Jacqueline Knapp added 21, as the Hilltoppers had problems -- especially in the first half -- stopping the Blue Devils off the dribble..
The first quarter featured an up-tempo, high-octane offensive performance by both teams. Despite three bombs from outside the arc from Richson, Summit trailed at the conclusion of the quarter, 22-19.
The second quarter set the tone for the remainder of the game, and essentially created the eventual margin of victory for Westfield, as the Hilltoppers were unable to get key defensive stops. Outscored 16-7 in the frame, which was fueled by a 10-2 Blue Devil run, Summit went to the locker room trailing at the half, 38-26.
The Hilltoppers found themselves down 16, at 50-34, in the third quarter as Scott and Knapp padded Westfield's lead. Entering the fourth quarter trailing 53-39, the Hilltoppers began to chip away at the deficit, getting the deficit down to seven points courtesy of an Olivia Kelly basket.
The Blue Devils, however, took care of the ball and hit enough of their foul shots to see the game out.
"It is the midway point of the season and we are not near where we want to be," said Summit Head Coach Tom Kenny. "We kept fighting tonight, but Westfield is a quick team, and their guards broke us down, especially in the first half." Kenny added, "We didn't get enough inside looks tonight."
Next up for Summit is January 17 trip to Roselle Park (12 p.m. start), followed by a challenging week that includes exams for the student athletes and three tough opponents, including:
January 20 v.Union Catholic Regional - 4 p.m.
January 22 @ Cranford - 7 p.m.
January 24 v. Governor Livingston - 1 p.m.
Boys Hoop Sweeps Roselle
The Varsity, behind 17 points from sophomore Will Schaffer, thumped Roselle 64-32. The JV also won easily, 53-30, as Chip Roriston led with 11 points, and the Freshman earned a 53-48 victory.
The Boys return home to face Scotch Plains-Fanwood January 17. The Varsity tips at 1 p.m.
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