Friday, March 9, 2012
Season ends for Cougars in Group semifinals.
The Chatham High School girls basketball team faced Teaneck in the NJSIAA Group III semifinal game Thursday at Ramapo High School. The Cougars stuck with Teaneck for the first half, even leading by as much as eight points, but were unable to keep up with the fast-paced play of the Highway Women in the second half. Teaneck outscored Chatham by 16 in the second half to win 82-60. FINAL IN SHORT Much of this game was about Chatham's Amanda Berntsen: how she led Chatham and how Teaneck stopped her from overpowering the game. From the opening tip, Berntsen, who scored the game's first basket, brought the ball inside in Chatham's transition game and shoot 3-pointers when forced outside. "No. 14 (Berntsen) is an amazing player. Players like that…
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Shabazz beats Chatham, 53-30, ending the Lady Cougars' season.
TOMS RIVER — The preseason prognosticators named the Shabazz High School girls basketball team No. 1 in The Star Ledger's Top 20 at the beginning of the season. At the end of the year, it looks as if they may have made the right decision. Shabazz stopped the Chatham Lady Cougars, 53-30, in the at NJSIAA Group 2 state final at the Ritacco Center on Sunday afternoon. But all was not lost in this one for the Lady Cougars and senior forward Caroline Murphy, though. Murphy scored the 1,000th point of her career in the game's final minute, putting an end to her stellar Chatham career. "We prepared and competed in this game like we expected to win. The game plan was simple, we wanted to make them beat us from the outside. And I'm not convinced …
Chatham players celebrated as West Essex players trudged off the court during Monday's sectional final.
Chatham junior Kelsey Davies lept into fellow sophomore Lauren Winschuh's arms Monday night at West Essex High after Winschuh hit a layup to give the Lady Cougars a stunning sectional championship for the second straight year. The team had been down by six points in the game's final two minutes when Winschuh and senior Caroline Murphy poured in seven straight points to lead the team to victory. It's totally clear in this photo who's ecstatic and who's devastated. As Davies and Winschuh celebrate, West Essex junior Amanda Tiritilli walks off the court, her team's season over. If, for some reason, our reporter hadn't made it to the game to write up a story, everything would have been all right, in a way. We could have just shown you this …
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Lady Cougars defeat River Dell 50-32; will face Shabazz on Sunday in Toms River for Group II championship.
VERNON — A 21-point first half outburst by star sophomore Amanda Berntsen helped lead the Chatham Lady Cougars to their second straight state sectional finals game as they defeated River Dell, 50-32, on Wednesday night at Vernon Township High School. From the start it was all Berntsen, all the time. Only two other Cougars put the ball in the hoop in the first half and Berntsen, who finished with 25 points, connected on five three-pointers. "I can't hit those threes without the help of my teammates," Berntsen said after the game. "Their ball movement with the zone really just made the defense work and allowed me to be open more. The opposite kickouts were key." But River Dell, known for a solid zone defense that led it to a 28-2 record …
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Basketball team defeats top-seeded West Essex, 47-46, in a game that featured a thrilling finish.
NORTH CALDWELL — For the second time in as many years, the Chatham girls basketball team knocked off West Essex for the North Jersey Section 2, Group II championship as the Cougars pulled out a 47-46 win Monday night. This time it wasn't easy and didn't look possible until the final few seconds as junior Kelsey Davies penetrated into the paint and found sophomore Lauren Winschuh for the game-winning layup under the basket with just 17 seconds remaining. West Essex had pushed its lead to 46-40 after junior Theresa Carnevale knocked down two free throws with 1:41 remaining. After Windschuh drained a jumper from the corner to cut the lead to four with 1:07 left, the Cougars' full-court defense was put on full display. The defense forced an …
Monday, March 8, 2010
Trucks brought the team home to Chatham High School after team defeated West Essex, 47-46.
The Chatham girls' basketball team received a hero's welcome when it arrived home from North Caldwell after defeated West Essex, 47-46, in the NJSIAA Region 2, Group II finals tonight. Chatham, the third seed, upset top seeded West Essex. The win was so monumental that Chatham fire trucks came to meet the team's buses as they approached Chatham High School. The trucks escorted them to their destination. Brian Hart, whose daughter, Kelsey Hart, is a junior starter for the team, submitted this photo of the fire trucks riding next to the school bus tonight. Check back soon for a full story on tonight's game.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Chatham girls' basketball defeats Newark Tech; moves on to face West Essex in sectional finals.
It was all about rebounds in the fourth quarter during the Chatham girls' basketball game against Newark Tech Saturday at Chatham High School. And the Lady Cougars capitalized. Chatham maintained the rebound advantage in the fourth quarter and held on to defeat Newark Tech, 43-33, in the North II Group II semifinal round Saturday at Chatham High School. It advanced to the finals, where it will face West Essex at 7 p.m. in North Caldwell on Monday. The Chatham gym was teeming with fans anxious to see if the Cougars girls' basketball team would continue on to the finals. They saw sophomore Amanda Berntsen score seven of her 21 points in the first quarter, including three fouls shots after being fouled on an end of the quarter three point …
Friday, March 5, 2010
Team will play on Saturday against Newark Tech.
A quality team often has key players that step up in big situations. On Thursday evening, Chatham's star players did just that, as they led the 23-5 Cougars to a 42-31 victory over the 17-8 Mountain Lakes Lakers in the second round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 2 state tournament. "We had to win to keep the season going, so the win was crucial," said Chatham senior Caroline Murphy. "We were able to buckle down on defense and I think we were able to keep them on their toes." The first quarter started slowly, but three minutes in the Cougars picked up the pace with an 8-0 run that was led by junior Kelsey Hart and sophomore Amanda Berntsen. Highlights of the run included a steal and breakaway layup by Berntsen and an acrobatic …
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Thomas J. Murray Award given out.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Chatham Smallfry Basketball League for fourth through seventh graders held its championship Wednesday night at Southern Boulevard Elementary School in the township. The Thomas J. Murray Award was presented at halftime of the final game to Sam Maltby. Photos taken by Patch photographer John Marelli are above at right.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Chatham defeats Cliffside Park, 58-37.
Chatham junior Kelsey Hart generally helps her team win with her well-balanced offensive and defensive attack. Tuesday night, she dominated all areas of the game, scoring 20 points and collecting seven rebounds, in the Lady Cougars' 58-37 first round state tournament win over Cliffside Park. "We came out and we played strong right from the get go, which is what we wanted to do," said Chatham Head Coach Joe Gaba. "Fortunately, we were able to establish an early lead." The 22-5 Cougars outscored the Raiders 14-2 in the first quarter, and Hart scored eight of her 20 points in the period. "I thought we did good moving the ball in the first half, offensively," she said. "We had a very good transition game." Cliffside Park senior Maria Suarez …