CHATHAM, NJ - Both Summit High School Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Teams saw their records dip to 2-4 on the season after they each were defeated by Chatham in the final game of the Cougar Holiday Classic round-robin event.
Captain Will Schaffer had 12 points for the Summit Boys Varsity, and freshman Will Hellings had eight, but the Hilltoppers -- despite narrowing the the Cougar lead to six points early in the fourth quarter -- dropped a 56-42 decision to Chatham.
Chatham 'won' every quarter, leading by eight at the half and then extending the lead to 36-22 in the third courtesy of an 8-2 run.
The Cougars featured a balanced scoring attack, led by Mac Bredahl's 15 points, while Graham LeMon and Jack Rooney each scored 11 points, and Ryan Doherty had 10.
Summit next faces Jonathan Dayton at home January 3. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Third Quarter Dooms Girls Varsity
The Hilltopper Girls Varsity saw the Chatham score more points in the third quarter than Summit did in the entire game, with the Cougars dominating the stanza 23-2 and cruising to a 57-22 victory.
Captain Christina Richson led Summit with six points but, after a tight first quarter that saw Chatham claim a narrow 8-6 lead, The Maroon & White was outscored 49-16 in the final 24 minutes of basketball.
Camryn Davies (16) and Veronica Kelly (15) combined for 31 points and did the majority of the damage for the Cougars.
Next for Summit is January 5 match-up versus Rahway at Summit High School, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.
Reporting for this story was provided by Ed Barmakian, TAPinto Chatham.