South Plainfield, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls basketball team lost their preliminary round game to South Plainfield yesterday, 57-28. The loss eliminates the Chargers from the Greater Middlesex County Tournament.
South Plainfield held Spotswood to only seven points in the first half, outscoring the Chargers 35-7. Spotswood gained some life after the halftime break. The third and fourth quarters were more competitive unlike the first half, which was one-sided in favor of South Plainfield.
The Chargers actually outscored the Tigers in the second half, 28-22, but South Plainfield's lead was already too large to overcome.
Grace Mehr was the top point-getter for Spotswood, netting 12 points. Caitlyn LeRoy scored four points in the loss. Mary Beth Barnosky, Jessica Meagher and Savannah Robinson all scored three points while Maria Izzo chipped in two.
Sarah Cargill was earned a double double for South Plainfield with a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. A double double is where a player records double digit stats in two of the five game statistics.
Caity Hughes netted 17 points for the Tigers and teammate Armani Mayers scored ten points. Mayers also garnered a double double, adding ten rebounds to her point total.
The loss drops the Chargers overall record on the disappointing 2015-16 season to 8-15. With the end of the regular season and the elimination from the Greater Middlesex County Tournament, Spotswood has time to regroup and practice before the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group Two Tournament where they will face number one seeded New Providence. The game will take place at New Providence High School on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.