SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The lady Vikings basketball team beat a tough Middletown South squad Friday night 48-45 to move on to the sectional final game against Sayreville.
The Vikings led the Eagles through most of the hotly contested game, running the score up by six points at one time in the third quarter.
Middletown, however, would not go quietly, fighting back, and keeping the difference between one and three points in the final period.
Senior scoring sensation Amber Brown was held scoreless in the first half due to a strong Middletown South defense, but came alive in the second half with 14 points and eight rebounds.
“Their zone defense was good throughout the game,” Brown, who continues to increase her SBHS record-setting career said after the game. “I did not score one point (in the first half).”
Teammate Alexis Adams also put up 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory, followed by Onoseta Ufuah with 11 points and six rebounds.
South Brunswick led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter and then fought the Eagles to a tie at 23 each by the end of the half.
Middletown South, down by as many as six in the third period, made up five of those points to bring the game back to within one point going into the last quarter with the Vikings up 34-33.
South Brunswick outscored the Eagles in the last quarter 14-12, notching the win and moving on to the sectional final Monday night against rival Sayreville, the team that defeated the Vikings in the GMC final round 59-52.
Haley Dalonzo led the scoring for Eagles with 20 out of the 45 total points.
“(Amber Brown) is probably the greatest player to ever play here (at SBHS),” Coach Jeff Johnson said. “She’s got almost 1,500 points (almost 200 more than the career record for girls’ basketball at the school), I don’t think she gets the credit she deserves.”
Johnson said that Brown is a danger outside the three-point line as well as being able to drive the ball into the paint.
He said the next game will be tough, but the team is happy to be moving on.
“We’re just happy we get to play,” he said. “I’m just happy I get to coach these girls.”
The Vikings will be ready to rock against the Sayreville Bombers Monday night in the final on the road.
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