SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Cassie Vega netted the game winning lay up with just 1.7 seconds left on the clock to give South Brunswick High School a 48-46 preliminary round victory over Spotswood High School on Presidents' Day in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.
Vega took a bounce pass from fellow senior Sydney Coleman for the game-winner despite being guarded by three Chargers. Coleman made the pass with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Coleman has 17 points for the Vikings while Vega scored 10. South Brunswick, the tournament's 14th seed, moves on to the first round to face second seeded Middlesex High School.
Maddie Hellerich and Julia Masucci both earned double-doubles for 18th seeded Spotswood. Hellerich had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Masucci scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jessica Addesso was Spotswood's top scorer with 14 points. Katie Rausch dropped seven points for the Vikings while Carla Seyfarth chipped in six points and grabbed eight rebounds.
South Brunswick was down by four points at the half and outscored the Chargers 26-20 in the final two quarters. The Viking defense kept Spotswood to only four points in the third quarter. South Brunswick takes on Middlesex on Wednesday in the first round of the GMC tournament. Middlesex is undefeated with a 19-0 overall record and a 15-0 GMC record. The two teams have not met since 2017. South Brunswick won that matchup.