SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After a much-need win against Highland Park on Wednesday, the Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team fell to Carteret High School, 40-31, on Friday. The Chargers outscored Carteret 11-7 in the first eight minutes of the game, but the Ramblers came back strong in the second quarter, netting 16 points to Spotswood's four. Spotswood found itself in a 23-15 hole at the halftime break. The Chargers rallied in the third, keeping the quarter tight, but fell short in a fourth quarter comeback attempt.

Spotswood's Maddie Hellerich dropped 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to earn a double-double in the conference matchup. Hellerich also had six steals for the Chargers. Jessica Addesso had five points for Spotswood while Amber Meagher, Paige Dadika and Julia Masucci all chipped in four. Meagher also pulled down five rebounds and block two shots. The senior had four assists. Arielys Lopez was the game's top scorer, netting 16 points for Carteret. Taija'Ney McCollum added 10 points on the scoreboard for the Ramblers.

Friday's loss to Carteret drops the Chargers' overall season record to 5-8 and the team's conference record to 4-4. Today's game with Point Pleasant Beach High School has been rescheduled to January 26 so the Chargers have a few practice and rest days before taking the court against Dunellen High School on Tuesday at the Spotswood High School Gymnasium. Tip off is 6 p.m.