PATERSON, NJ -- The Piscataway High School girls basketball team won in double-overtime on the road at Paterson Kennedy on Saturday afternoon, 61-59.
With the win, the Chiefs have won five games in a row and own a 10-5 overall record.
“Today was a complete team win,” Chiefs coach Chris Puder said. “We played a very physical team and we were able to be strong with the ball and take it to the basket. Our defense was great during both overtimes.”
Tori Fisher made three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 22 points for Piscataway. She also had six rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Kaelonn Wilson notched a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds. Maya Lee also netted 11 points with five boards and five steals while Rakhia Mack recorded nine points, eight rebounds, and four steals and Megan Santhumayor had eight points and four boards.
Samantha Ferreras produced a game-high 29 points and six rebounds while Jenai Blue had eight points and 10 boards for Paterson Kennedy (7-7).
Piscataway led 42-33 at the end of the third, but Kennedy outscored the Chiefs 17-8 in the fourth to force overtime. Both teams scored four points in the first extra period before Piscataway had seven points to Kennedy’s five in double-overtime.
Piscataway played double-overtime without Fisher, Mack, or Lee as they all fouled out.
On the season, Fisher is tops on the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game. Fisher also leads the Chiefs with 53 assists and second with 48 steals. Wilson is the No. 1 rebounder with 13.1 boards per game and is the second leading scorer with 10.8 points. She has 34 blocks as well.
Mack is a close third in scoring and second in rebounding and assists. She leads the way with 51 steals.
In their previous four games, the Chiefs beat East Brunswick, Edison, J.P. Stevens, and Perth Amboy. The last five wins came right after tough losses on the road to Montgomery by seven and to Monroe by four where they let a lead slip away.
“The Monroe game, we let a fourth quarter lead get away. We pride ourselves on finishing games and playing 32 minutes or more,” Puder said. “The girls are doing a great job of working together and have put together a nice win streak.”
Piscataway currently owns a 7-1 Red Division record within the Greater Middlesex Conference. That lone loss is to Monroe. However, thanks to its recent play, it is still within striking distance to claim the divisional title.
So far this season, Piscataway has only played two home games (the season opener and on Jan. 16 against East Brunswick) to a whopping 13 away games. The Chiefs have six remaining regular season games and four home games versus GMC Red foes.
Their two road games are against Somerset County opponents, Bridgewater-Raritan and Hillsborugh.
Piscataway next plays Old Bridge on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. before it takes on South Brunswick on Feb. 4 and Monroe on Feb. 6.
“Our schedule was weird this year. We’ve only had two home games,” Puder said. “The girls are very excited to play at home for the remainder of divisional play and protect our home court.”