SAYREVILLE, NJ - After defeating rival Metuchen High School in the preliminary round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, the Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team was knocked out of tournament action by top seeded Sayreville High School, 78-51. The 17th seeded Chargers were pitted against the Bombers who are in the midst of a stellar season with an overall record of 21-2 and an undefeated record conference play of 14-0. The Bombers went into the halftime break with a decisive 49-25 lead. Spotswood faired better in the final 16 minutes, scoring 26 points to Sayreville's 29.
A trio of players were the difference makers for the Bombers. Ryane Bush netted 24 points for Sayreville while Isi Enahoro and Patrice Harding both earned double-doubles on the stats sheet. Enahoro scored 17 points and made 10 steals. Harding put up 15 points on the scoreboard and also had 10 steals. Morenike Akinerefon added nine points for the Bombers.
Olivia Hellerich was Spotswood's top scorer. Hellerich netted 10 points in the loss. Mary Beth Barnosky scored nine for the Chargers while Erin Malin earned eight. Both Sarah Marotta and Lizzie Vignuolo chipped in five.
Sayreville will move into the quarterfinal round where they will face 24th seeded Highland Park High School. The Owls pulled the upset, knocking eighth seeded Timothy Christian out of the tournament with a 36-29 victory. Sayreville and Highland Park will play their quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, February 18.
Their loss drops the Chargers overall season record to 15-10. They are 10-4 in conference play. Spotswood will have a few days of practice before returning to the court to face New Brunswick High School in a regular season game. The Chargers will travel to New Brunswick for a 5:30 p.m. tip off on Tuesday, February 21.