The end of the year 2012 wasn’t kind to the Piscataway High School girls basketball team, as they found themselves with a 2-5 record and coming off three straight losses in the Mount St. Dominic Holiday Tournament.
The first two months of 2013, though, was a different story for first-year coach Corey Floyd’s team.
Piscataway reeled off wins in 14 of its next 16 games, with that 14th win a 43-41 victory over J.F. Kennedy in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament final – the Chiefs 11th title overall.
Piscataway is the Home News Tribune Team of the Year.
“We started out kind of slow obviously in December, went up to a good holiday tournament where we went 0-3 — quality teams we played up there, but it was good for our program,” Floyd said. “We turned it around in January and I think that’s when we started pulling together. The team started to gel, everybody started to know their role, and it was good.”
Unlike years past where Piscataway was reliant on one or two star players, the Chiefs counted on different players night in and night out to produce as they didn’t have any players who averaged double figures in scoring.
Junior guard Kiki Bynes led the team in scoring with 9.5 points per game, and was county tournament MVP as she averaged over 16 points per game and put home the game-winning basket in the GMCT final with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
Four-year starter, senior guard/forward Kristyn Shea, averaged 9.1 points per game and was the glue of the team.
Moyer ends reign
After 13 seasons on the sidelines that saw four 1,000 point scorers, the GMC’s second-longest tenured coach, Woodbridge’s John Moyer, has decided to step down from his girls basketball head coaching position.
Moyer, who also serves as the head coach of boys cross country and girls outdoor track at Woodbridge, cited a need to spend more time with his family, as his two children are 11 and nine years old.
“It’s time to start putting family time in,” Moyer said. “It’s been a very enjoyable 13 years and I can remember probably just about every detail of every game. I can’t say enough. The administration, the staff, the kids, they’ve all been great.”
Moyer went 172-117 over his 13 seasons, including two 20-win seasons in 2009-10 and 10-11.
Upset of the year
Edison sent shock waves through the GMC when, seeded 13th, stunned the No. 4 seed Bishop Ahr 69-60 on the road in the first round of the GMC Tournament.
Senior guard Morgan Peacock scored 22 of her career high 36 points in the second half as the Eagles rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit.
Edison’s been on the other side of things, as two seasons prior, they were stunned as a No. 2 seed by No. 15 seed East Brunswick.
Kendrea Williams (Piscataway), Jenna Harsh (Bishop Ahr), Allie Warren (East Brunswick), Lauren Barlow (Bishop Ahr), Sarah Cargill (South Plainfield)
Stephanie Guevara (North Brunswick), Gianna Guarino (Middlesex), Alexandra Jackson (Franklin), Taylor Freeman (J.F. Kennedy), Taylor Gerhart (Wardlaw-Hartridge)
Gaby Jones (Woodbridge), Destiny Evans (Dunellen), Jaeda Wildgoose (Franklin), Brianna Foster (Bishop Ahr), Kenya Adams (Perth Amboy)
Kiki Bynes (Piscataway), Jada Lewis (Linden), Janaysia James (Perth Amboy), Danielle Roberts (South Brunswick), Erica Guketlov (Bishop Ahr)
Dominique Potter (Carteret), Crystal Carlucci (J.F. Kennedy), Jackie Rodriguez (Sayreville), Amber Tropeano (Colonia), Kate McLaughlin (South Plainfield)
Kristyn Shea (Piscataway), Ally Herring (Spotswood), Nadirah Wilson (Perth Amboy), Mary Trossi (Franklin), Dayna Sclafani (East Brunswick),
Brianna Strahm (Bishop Ahr), Theresa Ekhelar (Woodbridge), Kendra Barat (Rutgers Prep), Jolie Tang (J.F. Kennedy), Adreana Miller (Franklin)