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Jill Hetzler Wins 100th Game Behind The Bench For Spotswood High School Girls Varsity Basketball

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Schoenly School Physical Education teacher, Jill Hetzler won her 100th game as the Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball coach when the Chargers defeated Monroe, 61-47. Credits: Claudia Addesso
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The Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team is all smiles as the team celebrates head coach, Jill Hetzler's 100th coaching victory along with assistant coach, Vincent Vizzi (left). Credits: Claudia Addesso
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Credits: Claudia Addesso
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Credits: Claudia Addesso
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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball coach, Jill Hetzler won her 100th game on Saturday as the Chargers defeated Monroe High School, 61-47, for the team's fifth straight victory. The Milltown native is a Physical Education teacher at the Spotswood School District's Schoenly School, previously teaching at Spotswood High School.

Hetzler has compiled a 100-59 record in her seven seasons as the Chargers' head coach. She was an assistant for the program for five years before taking over the head coaching reins. Hetzler missed the 2015-16 basketball season due to a maternity leave. Rich Gawlak served as the head coach in her absence and the team suffered through a tough season only winning eight games. Prior to her year off behind the bench, the Chargers claimed the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division championship, winning the title for the 2014-15 season. Last year, the Chargers finished with an overall record of 15-11. They were 9-2 in division play.

The Chargers have been on a roll since the middle of January and are currently second in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division behind undefeated Middlesex High School. Spotswood's defense put in another stellar performance with Erin Malin coming up big with eight rebounds, eight blocks and seven steals. Malin also netted 12 points in the game.

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Maddie Hellerich put a dozen points on the board as well and grabbed nine rebounds with nine assists. Savannah Robinson had an 11 point performance with three rebounds and four assists. Jessica Addesso and Sarah Marotta both chipped in nine points while Courtney Potter added eight. Madison Carey was the top scorer in the game, netting 22 points for Monroe. Angela Oskierko scored 12 points for the Falcons.

The win moves Spotswood's overall record on the season to 12-4. They will hit the court on Wednesday, January 31 when they travel to Middlesex to take on the Blue Jays. Middlesex has an overall season record of 15-0. They are 11-0 in the conference, handing Spotswood their first regular season loss on January 3. Middlesex took their last meeting by a score of, 53-42. Tip off will be at 6 p.m at Middlesex High School.

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