Chatham, N.J. — The Chatham Cougars Lady basketball varsity team had another successful night, as they beat Oak Knoll, 55-33, at home Saturday on the second day of the Cougar Classic Tournament.
The first period in the Lady Cougars’ (5-0) game got off to a slow start, as Chatham finally scored its first points when freshman Meja Jackerorg sank a basket and connected on an and-one to tie the game at 3-3 with 2:07 to go in the quarter.
The Lady Cougars ended the first period ahead by a score of 7-5.
But Chatham kicked it up a notch, outscoring the Lady Royals 20-6 in the second quarter, giving the squad a 27-11 lead going into the locker room.
After Oak Knoll hit a bucket to start off the scoring in the third quarter, the Lady Cougars went on a 14-4 run to take a commanding 41-17 advantage, with senior center Shannon Donohoe draining six of her ten points in the contest.
Chatham ended the period up by a score of 45-21.
The Lady Cougars’ offensive onslaught continued in the fourth quarter. Senior Maddie Hartnett, who’s committed to the University of Scranton, dropped six of her team-best 17 points to help bury the Lady Royals.
Junior Tess Ford added 13 points for Chatham in the victory.
Junior Paige Morton led Oak Knoll (1-3) with 17 points of her own while sophomore Greta Criqui contributed 10 points.
Host Chatham returns to action versus Watchung Hills on Monday at 6 p.m. while Oak Knoll meets Gov. Livingston at 4 p.m. on the final day of the Cougar Classic.
— Jerry Del Priore