On senior night, Chatham High School’s girls’ basketball head coach Joe Gaba started the first quarter of its game against Morris Hills (3-5) with an all-senior lineup.
The seniors did not disappoint, as the Cougars (8-2) jumped out to a 17-6 lead and never looked back, riding that wave of momentum to a 46-27 victory at Chatham High School Friday night.
Gaba said he was confident that his senior girls would do the job since it was not much of a departure from their regular starting five, and the other players were more than capable of playing well.
“In our senior lineup, we still had Cami (McKenzie), Riley (Allen) and Kelsey (Clark), who are all normal starters, and then you bring in Remmey (McEnroe), who is a tremendous athlete, and Ava (Smith), who has been in the program for four years,” Gaba said. “So, they took care of business in the first quarter and set the tempo.”
Chatham built a 31-10 advantage at the end of the first half and its stellar defense gave up just two points in the third period to take a commanding 30-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The rest of the tilt was academic, as the Cougars’ advantage was way too large for a Morris Hills’ comeback.
Allen, who is committed to Emory University basketball program, a nationally ranked D3 team, drained a game-high 16 points while Cami McKenzie contributed eight points in the lopsided win.
— Jerry Del Priore