SUMMIT, NJ - Taking on a New Providence squad that came into the contest with just one loss, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team jolted out of the gate, holding the Pioneers to just five first-quarter points and taking an eight-point halftime lead.
Hoops games, however, are comprised of four quarters and two halves, and it was in that second half that New Providence showed its pedigree, outscoring the home team 30-15 over the final two stanzas to claim a 45-38 victory at the Main Gym. The setback leaves Summit with an 11-8 record on the season. The Pioneers improved to 19-1.
Sophomore Olivia Lawlor (13 points and five rebounds) and junior Sarah Maldonado (9 points and 5 rebounds) combined for 22 points and 10 'boards to pace the Maroon and White. New Providence's Kaitlyn Cumiskey and Amy Maurer each had 14 points, and Lindsay Kinum added 10.
The Hilltoppers led 12-5 after the opening eight minutes and 23-15 at the break. The Pioneers erased most of that deficit with a 13-7 third-quarter 'win' and then finished the job with a 17-8 fourth quarter.
Prior to the game, Summit's Sylvie Goudreau -- the lone Class of 2020 team member -- was honored as part of the program's 'Senior Night'.
Next up for Summit is a February 13 trip to Hillsborough. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.