PISCATAWAY, NJ – Seven Piscataway High School girls varsity basketball players were honored Tuesday night as the Chiefs beat J.P. Stevens, 76-43, on Senior Night.
Seniors LaNiya Miller, Yamirah Bennett, Sierra Brooks, Baiylee Barnes, Brooke Moll, Skye Baker, and Dre’Asia Williams were all recognized.
“It was a great Senior Night for the girls and it was the biggest crowd of the year,” head coach Chris Puder said. “The girls really shared the ball so well. This group truly loves to see their teammates do well.”
The hometown fans gave the players energy as three players scored in double figures for Piscataway (17-3, 12-2 in the Red Division of the Greater Middlesex Conference), led by Miller’s game-high 26 points. Miller drained three 3-pointers and also corralled seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
The Chiefs assisted on 19 of their 35 total field goals.
Every senior scored except Brooks, though she recorded a block. Moll had five points, two rebounds, a block, an assist two steals. Bennett tallied 10 points, two rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Williams had four points, three assists, one steal, and one rebound. Barnes had four points, one board, one steal, and three assists and Baker registered four points and one rebound.
Ariel Jenkins, a freshman, also had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Saniya Myers tallied four assists and three rebounds to go along with her two points.
Piscataway, which led 19-13 at the end of the first quarter, out-scored the Hawks (13-7, 7-7), 21-9 in the second to take a 40-22 lead into the break. The Chiefs then added to the lead with 20 more points in the third and 16 more in the fourth. The big advantage allowed Puder to go deep into his bench and give the seniors who don’t play as much more playing time.
As a team, Piscataway racked up 36 rebounds, 19 assists, 10 steals, and two blocks in the contest.
And as for J.P. Stevens, Kayla Gatling led the way with 15 points while Megan Duffy added 14.
Piscataway has one more regular season game on Friday at Marlboro before the GMC tournament commences over the weekend, though the Chiefs should be seeded high and receive a bye.
Speaking of seeding, the seeding meeting for the NJSIAA state tournaments takes place on Thursday. At the cut-off date this past weekend, the Chiefs have 388 power points. That would give them the third seed in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4. Everything becomes official on Thursday.
The state tournament begins on Feb. 26.
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