NEWARK, NJ - Both the Spotswood High School girls and boys basketball teams made first round exits from the Central Jersey Group Two NJSIAA Tournaments on Monday, February 27. The Chargers' girls varsity basketball teams took on ninth seeded Newark Tech. They were seeded twelfth in the tournament and were able to generate little offense in the 51-16 loss to the Terriers.
Abby Lewis was the top point-getter in the win for Newark Tech, netting 11 points. Both Mariah Perez and Jayla Thorton scored nine for the Terriers. Newark Tech will move on to the quarterfinals to face Lincoln High School on March 1.
Paige Dadika was the high-scorer for the Chargers. Dadika put four of the Chargers 16 points on the board. Jessica Addesso and Mary Beth Barnosky earned three while Sarah Marotta, Amber Meagher and Lizzie Vignuolo chipped in two. Spotswood finished the 2016-17 season with a 15-11 overall record. They were 10-4 in conference play. The girls ended up fourth in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division. South River won the conference title. The Rams had a conference record of 12-2 and an overall record of 18-7.
Winning only seven games this season, the boys varsity basketball team pulled the last seed in the Central Jersey Group Two Tournament. They took on top seeded Rumson-Fair Haven High School in the first round, losing a hard-fought game, 69-62. Jack Solano netted a game-high 19 points for Rumson-Fair Haven. The first round loss capped off a difficult season on the court for the Chargers. They finished the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 7-20 and a conference record of 1-8. Carteret High School was tops in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division. The Ramblers had an overall record of 19-8 and were 7-1 in conference play.