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Spotswood Girls Varsity Pulls Overtime Upset Win Over Undefeated Middlesex

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Spotswood High School Head Coach Jill Hetzler (center) gives the girls varsity basketball team a sideline pep talk as the Chargers upset undefeated Middlesex High School in overtime. Credits: Claudia Addesso
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MIDDLESEX, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team upset undefeated Middlesex High School Wednesday, 46-41, in a thrilling back and forth game that was decided in overtime. Spotswood won the overtime period 8-3 to hand the Blue Jays their first regular and conference loss of the season. Middlesex took a 24-23 lead into the half time break. A low scoring second half would leave the two teams knotted at 38. Spotswood outscored Middlesex by five to claim the upset victory and their sixth straight win.

Maddie Hellerich was the game's top scorer, netting 15 points for Spotswood. Erin Malin scored 10 points and also pulled down 17 rebounds. Sarah Marotta scored seven points and also grabbed three rebounds and earned four assists. Courtney Potter and Savannah Robinson both added six points. Potter grabbed five rebounds as well. Jessica Addesso chipped in two points and earned two assists. Gianna Canavescio scored 11 points for Middlesex while Brianna Montajesio scored 10. Olivia Robel had 13 rebounds for the Blue Jays.

Spotswood's win improves their overall season record to 13-4. The Chargers are 10-1 in conference play and are currently second in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division behind Middlesex. Middlesex remains in first place in the conference with a 16-1 overall record and a 12-1 division record. Spotswood will take on Highland Park High School on Friday at the Spotswood  High School Gymnasium. Tip off is at 7 p.m. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. Highland Park is last in the conference with a 1-11 record. The Owls are 1-15 on the season.

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