EDISON, N.J. –  South Plainfield High School girls varsity basketball team couldn’t ride the hot hand as the J.P. Stevens Hawks flew over the Lady Tigers 45-37 Tuesday evening.

The Hawks (12-7) swooped in fast, soaring out to a 20-7 lead over the Lady Tigers (8-11) after the first quarter, and led 27-15 at the half.

Molly Yelencsics for Stevens netted a game-high 17 points to go along with her team-leading seven rebounds. Her four free throws aided an 8-0 advantage at the charity stripe over South Plainfield.

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Stevens’ Kathy Tong poured in 10 points while Rebecca DiSerio (seven points), Jamyra Maye (six points) and Laya Paladugu (four points) each contributed as part of a balanced attack.

South Plainfield was led by Caity Hughes and Sara Cargill, who totaled 14 points and 12 points respectively for the game.

The Lady Tigers outscored the Hawks 7-2 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit given up in the opening frame.