PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Lady Chiefs’ LaNiya Miller has been getting it done on the hardwood all season long, but last night she was on another level.
The junior standout netted a career-high 30 points as the fourth-seeded Piscataway High School varsity girls basketball team destroyed 20th-seeded Dunellen, 80-37, in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament in Piscataway Wednesday night. It was Miller’s 20th double digit scoring game of the season. Miller made four 3-pointers in the ballgame to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks.
With the Chiefs (13-10) being from the Red Division and the Dunellen Destroyers (12-9) from the smaller Blue Division, one might have to think, ‘pick on someone your own size’.
Brooke Moll made three triples on her way to 16 points with four boards, two assists, and a block for Piscataway, which wasted no time putting a 20-spot on the scoreboard in the first quarter and led 43-20 at the half. Yamirah Bennett added 12 points, four rebounds, and four steals as well for Piscataway, which dominated in every statistical category.
Piscataway made more total field goals (33-9), corralled more rebounds (31-12), had more assists (15-2), recorded more steals (13-7), and tallied nine blocks. Dunellen was able to make 15 free-throws, however, compared to only six for the Chiefs.
Alexandra Reidy was able to convert 13 foul shots for the Destroyers on her way to a team-high 17 points. Alison McGrath made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.
“I thought we played really well today, all facets of our game were clicking,” said Chiefs’ Coach David Kosa after the game. “Defensively we got out to their shooters, we did a good job blocking out. Offensively we got our shots in the first half and we knew that if we kept running our offense, kept penetrating gaps and looking for the open person, we just had to shoot with confidence. Once those shots started to fall, we really started to get into our rhythm.”
In the postseason, the Chiefs will go as far as Miller will take them. With the win, Piscataway advances to play 12th-seeded Old Bridge in the quarterfinals this Saturday at New Brunswick High School. The Knights upset fifth-seeded Woodbridge 71-58 in their first round matchup.
Piscataway and Old Bridge split their two meetings so far this winter. Piscataway won at home back on Dec. 22nd, 50-41, and Old Bridge won on their home court on Jan. 24th, 47-42. Miller scored 23 and 25 points respectively in the two matchups.
The Knights are led by Amanda Carney and Rachel Kuhl, who leads the team with 56 made 3-pointers. Carney has scored 416 points so far this season (Miller has 426), and scored 19 and 24 points in the games against the Chiefs.
The rubber match should be a doozy.
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