NEW BRUNSWICK - The South Plainfield High School girls varsity basketball team earned their first win of the 2016-17 season Tuesday evening, topping fellow Greater Middlesex Conference White Division foe, New Brunswick, 40-31 in New Brunswick.

The Tigers led 26-24 after three quarters, but Aniyah Thomas, who had a game-high 16 points for New Brunswick, converted a three-point play early in the fourth to put the Zebras up 31-28. However, South Plainfield outscored New Brunswick 14-7 in the final stanza and ended the game on a 12-0 run for the victory.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but I was really proud of the way we ended,” South Plainfield head coach Kevin Hughes told TAPinto.net. “We played good enough in the last six minutes to overcome the sloppy first 26.”

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Mackenzie O’Brien was a force for South Plainfield. The young freshman phenom recorded her second double-double in as many games, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while also blocking two shots in the contest. In the opening day loss to Woodbridge, O’Brien netted 19 points and tallied a whopping 25 boards.

Syleen Reyes also bucketed 10 points for the Tigers - including a 3-pointer - and totaled a team-high three assists. Kayla Greenleaf chipped in with six points and 10 rebounds.

Roshanna Lewis provided pop with Thomas for New Brunswick, tallying nine points and 15 rebounds.

With the win, South Plainfield improves to 1-1 and New Brunswick falls to 1-1. The Zebras travel to Woodbridge on Thursday while the Tigers return to their home floor to face Bishop Ahr. Both games are slated for 5:30 p.m.

Box Score

Team

1

2

3

4

Final

South Plainfield (1-1)

7

11

8

14

40

New Brunswick (1-1)

4

13

7

7

31

South Plainfield Team Stats

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

0

0

0

0

South Plainfield Player Stats

Player

2pt

3pt

FT

Total Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

Syleen Reyes

2

1

3

10

0

3

0

2

Caity Hughes

1

0

2

4

6

1

1

0

Grace Ochoa

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

3

Mackenzie O'Brien

3

0

4

10

12

1

2

1

Kayla Greenleaf

2

0

2

6

10

0

3

1

MaKayla Sosa

2

0

0

4

2

1

0

1

Bridgette Titus

2

0

1

5

6

0

0

0

Total:

12

1

13

40

37

7

6

8

New Brunswick Team Stats

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

0

0

0

0

New Brunswick Player Stats

Player

2pt

3pt

FT

Total Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

Brehanna Chang

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

Nakima Lue

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Lynne Dominguez

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

5

Santou Sannoh

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Aniyah Thomas

3

3

1

16

4

3

0

2

Brenasia Chang

1

0

0

2

10

1

0

0

Roshanna Lewis

3

0

3

9

15

2

0

2

Ciara McFarlane

1

0

2

4

2

1

0

1

Total:

8

3

6

31

38

10

0

13