SUMMIT, NJ - Over their first 14 games of the season, the Summit Girls Varsity Basketball Team averaged 41.5 points per game, with their previous high-water mark of offensive output coming against Hackettstown in the opening game of the Hilltopper Holiday Tournament when they tallied 53 points.
Exactly one month later to the day -- a day that celebrated giving back and all things pink -- the Maroon and White found an entirely different gear offensively, blowing past their previous best 2017-18 points sum in less than three quarters of play as they ran away from Rahway at the Main Gym, 71-54.
Senior captain Christina Richson had 20, classmate and captain Catherine Maloney had a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds to notch a double-double, while freshman Annabella Yorio was a point away from the same feat, scoring nine points and snaring an outstanding 15 rebounds. All told, nine girls from the 07901 made the scoresheet.
Summit's scoring tsunami and margin of victory arrived despite a truly tremendous effort from Rahway senior Wil'Lisha Jackson, who tallied 29 points and added 21 rebounds in defeat.
The win, the Hilltoppers' third in a row, elevates their record to 9-6 on the season and gives them more wins on the current campaign -- which still has a ways to go -- than they accumulated all of last season.
The contest was the main event of a day of benevolent buckets, as the Summit Girls and Boys Basketball programs partnered to again host the annual "Hilltopper Pink Out" to benefit the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.
Despite Jackson's more-than-best efforts, Summit was just simply too much for Rahway, especially offensively in a first half where the home team seemingly scored quickly on every possession. The Hilltoppers led by six after one quarter and extended the advantage to 15 points, at 37-22, at the half.
The lead ballooned to 20 at times in the third quarter and led to what, in truth, was a ragged final 10 minutes or so of action. By then the outcome had long since been decided, providing a feel-good ending to a day of doing good.
Summit will stay in the Hilltop City in their bid to make it four wins on the trot, making the very short commute to Oak Knoll February 1. The 'Summit Derby' game tips at 4 p.m.