Summit H.S. Girls Basketball Outlasts Oak Knoll, 38-33; Hilltopper Boys Bounce GL, 65-48

Annabella Yorio pushes the ball up the floor in Summit's triumph over Oak Knoll. Credits: David Mahoney

SUMMIT, NJ - Senior captain Christina Richson led all scorers with 17 points, and Annabella Yorio delivered an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double, as the Summit High School Girls Basketball Team got a big road win at Oak Knoll, 38-33. The victory, which improved the Hilltoppers record to 10-6, is their fourth in a row.

Three hours later and three-tenths of a mile across town at the Main Gym, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team upped its record to 12-3 with a 65-48 win over Governor Livingston. The Hilltoppers' four junior captains -- Jackson Tyler, Dom YorioFinbar McCormick and Malcolm Sidebottom -- combined to tally 41 points in the victory.

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Down double-digits at the halftime break, 23-13, the Hilltoppers Girls catapulted back into the game -- and eventually into the lead -- on the back of 19 second-half points from Richson (9) and Yorio (10).

After 'winning' the third quarter 10-5 and cutting the deficit in half, the Maroon and White continued their surge the into the fourth with Yorio successful on a sweet runner in the paint, which was followed by senior captain Catherine Maloney's free throw, then Richson's splash from Three Point Land and Summit led 29-28.

A Richson layup with a skosh over four minutes left made it 33-31 Hilltoppers, and the game eventually came down to a free throw contest. Freshman Kiran McCormick nudged Summit to a 36-33 lead with 42 ticks remaining, before Richson closed the deal, knocking down two pressure tosses with 13 seconds left which provided the final margin of victory.

Summit returns home to face Westfield February 6. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Main Gym.

Nine Boys Score in Victory Over the Highlanders 

Getting balanced scoring from their core unit and points from nine players, the Summit Boys 'won' each quarter and eased past Governor Livingston.

The Hiltoppers led at the break 26-18, and scored 39 second-half points to erase any hope of a Highlander comeback attempt. The Berkeley Heights school got solid performances -- and a joint game-high 17 points each -- from Tyler McCulloch and Matthew Schuman. It was one of the rare instances all season when Summit was 'out three-pointered', with GL knocking down eight shots from beyond the arc to the Hilltoppers' six.

Sophomores Eric Baier and Will Hellings each had eight points, and junior Harry Walsh, along with sophomores Joe Lusardi and Jackson Rind all scored.

Summit is back in action February 3, traveling to Koinonia Academy in Plainfield for a 3 p.m. tip.

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