PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Piscataway High School girls basketball team’s 2019-20 season came to end on Tuesday as the sixth-seeded Lady Chiefs fell to 11th-seeded Hunterdon Central, 55-35, in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 tournament.
Piscataway (16-10) got off to a slow start out of the gates and couldn’t recover. Hunterdon Central (14-15) jumped out to a 14-5 first quarter lead and extended its advantage with a 14-8 second to take a 28-13 lead into the halftime.
The Red Devils’ 55 points is the third most they’ve scored all season long while the 35 points is one of the Lady Chiefs’ lowest outputs.
Hunterdon Central came in battle tested as it made the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament final. It also turned its season around once the calendar flipped to February, winning nine of its 11 games.
Anna Hannson netted a game-high 16 points for the Red Devils. Mackenzie Lalor added 13 points and Lily Testa rounded out the double figure scorers with 10.
For Piscataway, which fell in the quarterfinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, was led by Tori Fisher, who drained four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, three rebounds, and two steals. The telling stat, the point guard had just one assist.
Megan Santhumayor also recorded 10 points and had two assists and two steals. Kaelonn Wilson was held to just two points and six rebounds and Rah-khia Mack had three points, four rebounds, and three assists.
With the win, Hunterdon Central will take on third-seeded Franklin, No. 19 in the latest NJ.com Top 20, in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Somerset.
This season, Fisher and Wilson were both named to the All-GMC Red Division First Team. Mack was placed on the All-GMC Red Second Team for her efforts as well. Fisher led the team in points (385), 3-pointers (41), made foul shots (36), and assists (83). Wilson was second in scoring (259 points), grabbed a team-best 323 rebounds, and blocked 57 opposing shots. Mack did her part with 248 points, 147 rebounds, 74 assists, 84 steals, and 25 blocks.
Santhumayor ended up with 155 points while Mia Rose had 118 points for the year. Maya Lee chipped in with 96 points.
Piscataway finished in second place in the GMC Red with a 12-3 mark.
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