SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- In their final home game this season, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys basketball team secured a hard-fought 61-57 win over New Providence. Despite a 64-52 loss in their previous game against Hillside, several players came to play versus New Providence and worked together as a unit to secure a victory.
Hayden Widder led the charge for the Raiders, posting 15 points and 3 assists. With the help of Jaden Carter (13 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals); Damon Schumann (10 points, 8 rebounds); Christian Piesch (9 points, 10 rebounds); and Liam Mahr (7 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists) the team was able to edge the Pioneers and move ahead of them in the Mountain Division Standings, finishing in fourth place.
The boys' season ended on a down note as they lost to Cranford, 66-61. The Cougars' Arjun Petgrave led all scorers with 20 points, while Joe Carrea hit for 19 points, including four three-pointers. Liam Mahr led the Raiders with 13 points in his final game. Senior Raul Lugo added 11, while Jaden Carter scored 10.
Meanwhile, the girls team experienced some disappointment this week when their March 4th game against Hillside was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Thus, the girls still finished with a 12-3 record, and sit atop the Mountain Division as the sole leaders with a significant lead over Gov. Livingston in second place. After winning just 9 games last season, the girls were able to turn their misfortune into success this year by battling through numerous challenges at every turn.
“Not the way we envisioned our season finishing, but we finish 12-3 in the Mountain Division as Champions. We also had an 8-game winning streak this year, what an amazing turnaround for this team. Hard work pays off,” said Raiders coach Ryan McKenna.
“We look forward to getting back on the court soon. We'll hopefully see all of our fans next season cheering on this great group full of lots of returners. Thank you to the seniors for a great four years, you certainly left your mark,” he added.
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