Morristown High girls basketball team beats Hillsborough for ticket to regional finals; Summerville scores 1,000th point

The Morristown High School girls basketball team celebrates Maya Summerville's 1,000th career point, after defeating Hillsborough to clinch shot at regional championship, March 5, 2024. Photo by Scott Schlosser.
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By Bill Schlosser

The Morristown High School’s girls basketball team picked the perfect time to get even — and to showcase an historic basket.

Maya Summerville driving around defender to make layup against Hillsborough, March 5, 2024. She scored her 1,000th career point in the game. Photo by Deborah Wild

Avenging an earlier loss to Hillsborough, the Colonials on Tuesday defeated the Raiders 54-36 on the road, and will play for the North Jersey Group 4 regional championship against Lenape High School on Saturday at Rutgers.

And in the first quarter, MHS star senior Maya Summerville sank a short jumper for her 1,000th high school point.

She finished with 16 points for the night, dominating the court with her ball movement, shot-blocking and rebounding.

Senior Cameron McGinley topped the scoring sheet with 20 points and senior Anna Rivetti added 10 more, as the Colonials combined aggressive offense with diligent defense for a wire-to-wire lead against the higher-ranked (19th statewide) home team.

Ally Smith battles against Hillsborough, March 5, 2024. Photo by Deborah Wild

The win improved Morristown’s record to 23-9, and followed last week’s sectional title triumph against Union City.

Hillsborough, which ended at 21-9, entered the contest averaging 60 points per game. The Raiders’ scrappy defense forced turnovers, and they swarmed the offensive boards to grab many rebounds that seemed like sure things for the taller Morristown varsity.

Despite a shaky start with some missed easy shots, unforced turnovers and lost rebounds, the Colonials held a 10-4 lead after the opening quarter.

Morristown started to relax and find its rhythm when Rivetti and McGinley scored back-to- back — a deuce and a trey — running the Colonials’ lead to 15-4 with 6:40 left in the second stanza.

Then Francesca Schiro, the Raiders’ leading scorer (more than 600 points this season) got hot, netting 10 of the team’s 12 points for the quarter. This included a long three-pointer with the quarter running down. Still, the Colonials took a 27-16 lead into halftime.

Cameron McGinley drives against Hillsborough, March 5, 2024. She scored 20 points in the semifinal victory. Photo by Deborah Wild

Morristown opened the second half with a 5-0 run, then traded baskets with Hillsborough, staying ahead 42-32 after three quarters. But the Colonials flirted with danger, as Ally Smith picked up her fourth foul, and Summerville and Caroline Condon each accumulated three.

 

After missing a layup, McGinley sent a strong message to Hillsborough with a pair of quick three-pointers, boosting Morristown’s lead to 48-34 at the 5:10 mark.

With McGinley, Summerville and Rivetti leading the charge, the Colonials went on a 14-2 tear, and Kacie “KB” Bush, Smith and Caroline Condon stepped up on defense to seal the victory.

Caroline Condon fights for rebound
against Hillsborough, March 5, 2024. Photo by Deborah Wild

En route to avenging a 66-55 loss to the Raiders back on Jan. 29, Morristown held Hillsborough to its lowest point total in five games, 24 points below its season average.

Lenape High School earned its berth in Saturday’s finals with a 64-31 defeat of Howell. Tip-off time is 6:30 pm at Jersey Mike’s Arena at Rutgers.

Bill Schlosser (MHS ’77) is a lifelong Morristown resident who has cheered for countless Colonials teams with his parents Sid (’42) and Deenie, siblings Judy (’69) and Alise (’73), wife Stacey, and children Caya (’09) and Scott (’13). Highlights included the 1974 football championship in Atlantic City, Morris County baseball titles in ’76 and ‘77, a last-minute Thanksgiving touchdown against Dover in ’76, and watching Pete Helt, Ricky Sofield, Paul Croft, Ike Green and Sonny Holt.

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MHS senior Anna Rivetti from the foul line against Hillsborough, March 5, 2024. Photo by Deborah Wild

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