SUMMIT, NJ - After dropping their second game in a row -- a 41-37 decision to Union Catholic at the Main Gym -- the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team will be looking to get back to winning ways when it once again takes part in the annual Kyle Kirst Tournament which, this year, will be held at Hanover Park High School on January 11.
Summit, 4-4 on the season, will take on Bernards at 2 p.m. The host school will face Ridge at noon.
Each year, the four schools take part in the event honoring legendary prep sports coach Kyle Kirst, a man whose love for life was matched by the degree of love felt for him by those fortunate enough to meet and get to know him.
In Summit, Kirst was best known as the longtime assistant Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach, however Kirst was connected to many communities and several sports. Two of those links in particular -- Hanover Park and basketball -- are part of the inspiration for the unique, four-team basketball event, the host site of which rotates between the four schools.
Against Union Catholic, junior captain Anabella Yorio -- with 11 points -- was the only Hilltopper to reach double digits, however senior captain Sylvie Goudreau (8 points and 8 rebounds) and sophomore Olivia Lawlor (8 and 9) both flirted with Double-Doubles.
The Vikings' Sabrina Araujo -- who sank six three-balls on the night -- led all scorers with 20 points.
Summit's 37 points was their second-lowest offensive output of the season. In their four wins, the Hilltoppers have averaged just under 50 points per game.