SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Senior Amber Brown was on fire Saturday as the lady Vikings basketball team plowed over Monroe in the GMC quarterfinal match, 60-28.
Brown put up 40 of the team’s 60 points on her own with 10 rebounds in the lopsided victory.
“When I woke up (Saturday) morning, I knew what I had to do to bring my team to the semifinals,” Brown said following the game. “I knew it was going to be a tough game, and I also remembered, (and) never forgot, how they made us feel last year. They kicked us out of the GMC tournament and states. It left a scar on me for weeks.”
Brown’s spree during the game also added the extra sweet mark of becoming the leading girls’ basketball point scorer with 1,347 points during her career at SBHS, beating the old record of 1,340 points.
“I wasn't expecting to get the record today, because I had to score 33 points, which is quite a lot,” she said. “In fact, I wasn't thinking about the record during the game, I just wanted to win.”
The Vikings and Brown showed the Falcons no mercy, coming out strong with 21 points in the first quarter, rolling over Monroe’s 3-point effort in the period.
While Monroe outscored the Vikings 17-16 in the second, the Falcons still were down by 18 heading into the half.
By that point, Brown already had 24 of the 33 points needed to tie the record with a full half to go in the game.
“My uncle called me from the stands and told me I had 24 points in the first half, and I have to score nine more points, I just kept playing hard,” Brown said. “I couldn't give up on my team, because the game could've turned quickly if we let up.”
South Brunswick kept the pressure on the Falcons, outscoring them 23-8 in the second half with Brown accounting for 16 of those points, giving her the record.
“I am proud to say I am now the all-time leading scorer, I couldn't have done it without my team, and I am glad we are moving on to the semifinals,” Brown said. “This is my senior year, our senior year, and we know that we have to take one game at a time. Today we did, we played together hard and fought throughout the whole game.”
Alexis Adams helped with 10 points and seven rebounds to send South Brunswick to the semifinal game this week.
For the Falcons, Dylianny DeLeon scored 11 and Kennedy Selby came in second with seven points.
Both teams are now at 20-3 on the year.
Brown broke the 1,000 points mark earlier this year, sinking a bucket from the foul line.
Ironically, Saturday’s record-setting shot was also from the line.
“I believe it is crazy that I scored my 1,000th point, and now the career record for girls, on the free throw line,” she said. “I feel great.”
Brown still has several games to go, possibly two for the GMC Tournament, and then the state tournament to increase the record.
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