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SPHS Girls Basketball: Lady Bombers Beat Lady Tigers 65-56

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Isi Enahoro put on a spectacular performance for Sayreville in the Bombers 65-56 victory over South Plainfield Saturday morning. She did everything she wanted to do on both ends of the court.

Enahoro was efficient from the offensive end, leading her team with 22 points, but was game changing effective on the defensive end. The junior was disruptive, coming away with double-digit steals and South Plainfield (7-9) head coach Kevin Hughes called her one of the best players in Greater Middlesex County.

“She’s one of the best players in the county,” Hughes told me after the game. “As good as she is because she can score, she is by far - if not the best - one of the best defenders in the county with her quickness and anticipation. She’s phenomenal. She’s all over the floor. Sometimes it looked like the pass (was going right to a Tiger teammate), but it just looks like she got shot out of a cannon.”

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While Sayreville (12-4) didn’t have a game yesterday, South Plainfield topped Bound Brook on a bucket near the end of the game by Caity Hughes. And for good reason, the Lady Tigers looked sluggish early and didn’t have enough gas left in the tank in the second half as the Bombers outscored the Tigers 40-33 in the third and fourth quarters and was up by as much as 20 points.

Obviously the head coach wants a win, but Hughes was still delighted that his team showed fight and didn’t quit despite the quick turnaround from last night, tired legs, and the large deficit.

“We didn’t want to mention it (the quick turnaround) beforehand but you could tell it was a factor,” Hughes said. “I’m just so proud of them. We got down by 20, and we were going to clear the bench, but I said ‘you know what, let’s just see’ and they just clawed back and made it a nine-point game just on heart.”

One major factor in the making the game closer than it could have been in the second half was Sarah Cargill, who finished with her seventh double-double of the season and a team-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. Hughes offered praise for the senior.

“She does not cease to amaze me,” Hughes said. “I told her in front of the team, I could tell her every game, that she just does something every game. She just has the ‘Wow’ factor. She has to work for 32 minutes every game (because teams clamp down on her) and she just doesn’t stop. She’s unbelievable.

“You see, some of the other kids are on fumes, and Sarah just doesn’t stop, and we kept fighting. Last night’s win was such a great win and I thought today would be tough. (Sayreville was) unconscious in the third quarter. They went through a stretch in the second half where they didn’t miss. I just told them (his team) that I’m proud of them (for not giving up).”

South Plainfield actually jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game with five quick points by Cargill and led after the first quarter 12-10, but a late 3-pointer by Sayreville in the second quarter gave Sayreville a 25-23 lead at the half and never looked back.

The Lady Tigers will look to get back on track Tuesday night against Bishop Ahr.

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