SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield’s Amanda Harper drained a 17-foot jumper with :04 left on the clock to give South Plainfield a 45-44 girls basketball victory over Colonia on Thursday. Harper's game-winning bucket came after Colonia’s Ayanna Abdulahad had put the Patriots up by one, 44-43, in the final, frantic seconds of the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t play well at all in the first half,” said South Plainfield Head Coach Kevin Hughes. “I was proud of how we came out in the third quarter and played.”
Hughes was right. The Tigers were sluggish for most of the first half falling behind the 3-14 Patriots, 22-13. South Plainfield seemed to regain its form after the half, going on a 20-9 run in the third quarter to take a two point lead, 33-31 to start the fourth.
After falling behind, 44-43, with :17 left in the game South Plainfield found a way to win. “To lose the lead with :17 second left you need someone to step up and Sarah (Cargill) found Amanda open on the baseline and she was able to bail us out,” said Hughes. “It was a big time shot.”
It was a big time shot and win for the Tigers after coming off a tough loss from rival Bishop Ahr the night before. South Plainfield’s Sarah Cargill led all scorers with 16 points. Rachel Andrejcak was Colonia’s leading scorer with 14 points.