Top-seeded Chatham Girls basketball team jumped out to 13-0 advantage before No. 8 Warren Hills scored its first basket with 2:37 left in the first quarter.
While the Cougars wavered a little bit near the end of the first half, they rode the wave of momentum in the first and third periods to a 62-45 victory over the Streaks in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Tournament quarterfinal Thursday night at home.
“We have been playing really well for over the last three weeks, but this game was kind of a complete game offensively and defensively,” Head Coach Joe Gaba said. “We came out of the gates pretty well, with the big start. The game stabilized a little bit. They made a little bit of a run at us, but that third quarter, we kind of ramped up the defensive pressure.”
After a dominate Chatham (17-10) first quarter, Warren Hills battled back in the second period to narrow the gap to 26-19 at the end of the first half.
No worries, as sophomore Addison Barrett poured in eight of her team-best 14 points to help the Cougars to swell their lead to 47-30 in the third quarter.
Freshman Mia Semioli drained seven points of Chatham’s nine points in the first few minutes of the fourth period to open up a 56-32 advantage on the Streaks (14-13) with a little more than five minutes remaining in the contest.
Junior guard Riley Allen nailed two three-pointers during the finals minutes of the tilt to keep Warren Hills from making any sort of comeback.
Semioli finished with 13 points while Riley and freshman Ella Kreuzer scored 12 apiece for the Cougars.
The Streaks’ Maddie Morgan led all players with 20 points.
Chatham will host fourth-seeded Snyder in the semifinal on Saturday.
— Jerry Del Priore