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.
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.