SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – SPHS Tigers’ guard Caity Hughes sank a three pointer to break a 44-44 tie, and teammate Sarah Cargill hit both ends of a 1 and 1 as the South Plainfield Tigers went on to defeat the Bishop George Ahr Trojans 49-45.  Hughes’ three point bucket occurred with just under a minute to play in the seesaw game.  Cargill’s free throws in the final minute help put the game away for the Tigers.

“What a great win,” said South Plainfield Head Coach Kevin Hughes.  “We battled for all four quarters.”

Hughes was right.  The Tigers and Trojans battled for all four quarters.  BGA jumped out to an early first quarter lead, but a late second quarter run put South Plainfield up by four, 23-19 at half.  The Trojans battled back led by Jenna Harsh’s 15 points, and Lauren Barlow’s 13 points.  The game was knotted in the final minute up until the Hughes three pointer broke the tie.

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SPHS’ Cargill led all scorers in the game with 16 points.  Tiger Naomi McNeill had ten points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Caroline Ratti ripped down 13 boards for South Plainfield.

“We made some big shots and big free throws,” said Coach Hughes. “That’s the recipe for getting a big win and we followed it perfectly.” 

The victory improves South Plainfield’s record to 5-2 on the season.  Bishop Ahr’s record drops to 4-4. 

Below is the box score from the game:


TEAM                   1             2             3             4             Final


SPHS                     9             14           10           16           49

BGA                      14           5             12           14           45



SPHS Player Stats              pts          reb         assts

Alexia Algarin                    2             2             0

Sarah Cargill                      16           5             4

Amanda Harper                 8             3             4

Caity Hughes                     5             1             1

Armani Mayers                  0             0             1

Naomi McNeill                  10           11           1

Kelly Shea                           3             3             1

Caroline Ratti                    5             13           1


BGA Player Stats               pts

Lauren Barlow                   13

Elle Cimilluca                     7

Sara Decker                       4

Sarah Harmon                   3

Jenna Harsh                       15

Ragen Reddick                  3