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Chatham Girls Beaten at Their Own Game by West Morris

By Ed Barmakian

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • 10:05pm

CHATHAM, NJ - During the majority of the games it's played this season, the Chatham girls basketball team has used a full-court press to rattle and wear down its opponents.

The tables were turned on Wednesday when West Morris used a press to rattle and wear down Chatham in posting a 50-34 victory.

"They're known for their full-court man pressure and we certainly didn't handle it well tonight," Chatham coach Joe Gaba said. "We learned a great lesson. We have to be ready to compete night in and night out. Things that we got away with from some other teams, we're not going to get away with with a team as good as West Morris."

Chatham (6-4) had no answer for center Brielle Kelly, who finished with game-high totals of 22 points and 15 rebounds for West Morris (9-1).

"I'm not sure we competed to our capabilities tonight. Teams are really keying on Nattie (Washuta) and Cass (Falone) and we're trying to develop a third or fourth scoring option," Gaba said. "The two freshmen (Liz Ford and Michelle Connolly), I threw them into the deep end and they performed pretty well. They're aggressive offensively and look to score. I need people who are going to score, or at least try to score."

The second quarter pretty much summed up the game from Chatham's standpoint. West Morris scored the first 13 points of the period to take a 20-11 advantage. Freshman Liz Ford scored the first points of the third period for Chatham when she drained a 3-pointer with 1:14 to go.

West Morris' defense was so successful that Chatham was twiced called for five seconds while trying to in-bound the ball.

Natalie Washuta ended with 14 points and Cassandra Falone scored 10 for Chatham.

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