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Sayreville Bombers End Lady Vikings Championship Hopes For Second Time, 44-37

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SAYREVILLE, NJ – Fourteen total points over two separate finals games marked the end of the lady Vikings basketball 2017 campaign.

The Bombers beat South Brunswick by seven, 59-52, in the Greater Middlesex Conference championship game on Feb. 24 at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, and then again at home Monday night 44-37 for the state sectional championship.

In each game, the Vikings fell short by just seven points.

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Like the GMC final, the Vikings were slow out of the gate, scoring only a single point in the first quarter, allowing Sayreville to build a 7-point lead, which turned out to be enough for the win.

The Vikings earned a point back in the second quarter, outscoring Sayreville 13-12, and then again outscoring them 10-6 in the third, setting up a fourth period with only a 2-point deficit, 26-24.

South Brunswick lost that period 18-13, allowing the Bombers to keep its 7-point lead as time ran out.

Leeannah Hunter led scoring for South Brunswick with 11 points and 10 boards followed by Onoseta Ufuah with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Vikings scoring sensation, and career scoring record holder, Amber Brown was held to just seven points during the game, but came through with 12 rebounds in the paint to end her SBHS career.

Brown ended the year with 1,447 points in 95 games, averaging 19.1 points per game this season, and about 15 points per game throughout her career at SBHS.

Meanwhile, three Bombers were in double digits, led by Morenike Akinrefon with 11 points, six rebounds, and Ryane Brush and Patrice Harding, each with 10 points on the night.

The Vikings end the season at 24-5, setting a record for the most wins in a single season.

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