Johnson helps Old Bridge advance in GMCT

Johnson helps Old Bridge advance in GMCT


Johnson helps Old Bridge advance in GMCT


Tara Durstewitz stole the ball and dished it to Kate Johnson, who hit a layup and gave the Old Bridge High School girls basketball team a one-point lead with 45 seconds left Monday, and the Knights held on to advance to the second round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament with a 34-30 victory over New Brunswick.

Old Bridge, the No. 20 seed, trailed all game until Johnson hit a layup with 1:30 left in regulation, sparking a back-and-forth scramble until the finish. Johnson finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Samantha Potts chipped in five steals for the Knights (4-15), who will face 13th-seeded Edison at 6 p.m. in today’s second round.

Destiny Betts scored 11 points and 18 rebounds to pace 29th-seeded New Brunswick.

Carteret 37, Perth Amboy Tech 27: Dominique Potter scored 17 points and Courtney Hansen added 11 points to send 26th-seeded Carteret (4-19). The Ramblers will face 10th-seeded Spotswood at 5:30 p.m. today in the second round. Yadeline Vargas netted 12 points to pace 23rd-seeded Perth Amboy Tech.

Mother Seton 43, South River 27: Lena Buccigrossi netted 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead 28th-seeded Mother Seton over No. 21 South River. Kayley Erla added 11 points and Nyla Ruiz chipped in 10 for the Setters, who will face 12th-seeded Colonia at 4 p.m. today. Lubica Zifovski paced the Rams with 11 points.

East Brunswick 59, South Amboy 24:Allie Warren tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds and Dayna Sclafani chipped in 11 points eight rebounds, eight assists and eight steals to power 22nd-seeded East Brunswick (5-16). The Bears will face No. 11 South Plainfield in today’s second round. Beth Kudelka scored nine points and seven boards to pace 27th-seeded South Amboy.

Middlesex 56, Wardlaw-Hartridge 52: Victoria Schweyer netted 19 points and teammates Giana Guarino and Amanda Abate added 13 and 12, respectively, for 16th-seeded Middlesex (13-6). Taylor Gerhart and Vanessa Santana recorded 14 points apiece for 17th-seeded Wardlaw-Hartridge (12-10).

Metuchen 59, Dunellen 33: Cassie Smith scored 29 points and nabbed 13 rebounds to lead 14th-seeded Metuchen into the second round. Ashley Palmieri added 17 points for the Bulldogs, who will face No. 6 Woodbridge today. Kerry Johnson and Jackie VonItter each tallied eight points for 19th-seeded Dunellen.

Monroe 57, Cardinal McCarrick 48: Erica Junquet notched 18 points and Marisa Monasseri chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds as 15th-seeded Monroe moved on to a meeting today with second-seeded Perth Amboy. Brittany Clayton netted 16 points to pace No. 18 Cardinal McCarrick.

Highland Park
55, J.P. Stevens 43: Lexus Blocker poured in 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead 24th-seeded Highland Park into the second round. Zanae Torres added 11 points for the Owls, who will face ninth-seeded Sayreville today. Kathy Tong’s 11 points paced No. 25 J.P. Stevens.

Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals

Watchung Hills 60, Rutgers Prep 37: Allison Girardi scored 15 points and Kendra Barat finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds but fifth-seeded Rutgers Prep suffered through a decisive 21-1 run spanning the first two quarters.

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