RAHWAY, NJ - The Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team's tangible reward for their thrilling come-from-behind victory over neighbor New Providence in the Union County Tournament was a trip to Rahway and a date with the number-one seeded The Patrick School.
In their tournament opener, The Patrick School showed why their were given the top seed, rumbling over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 75-14, so the Hilltoppers knew the level of test that awaited them and came out of the gate with gusto in the first quarter, playing stout defense and keeping the Celtics' vaunted offense in check.
With just over the two minutes left in the stanza, Summit trailed just 4-2, but The Patrick School got in gear and started to produce points, and ended the opening frame ahead 11-4.
From there, it was all Celtics and, while the Maroon and White played hard, The Patrick School sailed to a 70-32 win over the eighth-seeded Hilltoppers.
A 24-4 second quarter points tsunami brought the halftime score to 35-8, and it didn't get much better in the second half, although Summit did managed a more than respectable 22 point-offensive performance. Sophomore Annabella Yorio led Summit with nine points, and senior Grace Mahoney and freshman Olivia Lawlor added seven each.
Summit, now 13-8 on the season, returns home to face Linden on February 18. The 'Senior Day' tip is set for 11 a.m.