Alyssa McDonough scored four points in overtime and Lianne Villano hit three of four from the free-throw line to lead the 10th-ranked Sayreville High School girls basketball team to a thrilling 60-59 victory over seventh-ranked North Brunswick on Thursday night to pull into a second-place tie with the Raiders in the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division.
Trailing by five points late in the fourth quarter, Sayreville crawled back courtesy of McDonough, who scored a layup and hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
The win gives Sayreville (11-7) their fifth straight victory and puts the Bombers a game behind division-leading Bishop Ahr. Sayreville will face the Trojans on Tuesday with a chance to move into a first-place tie.
McDonough led Sayreville with 21 points and Jackie Rodriguez added 14 points. North Brunswick (13-6) was paced by Brittany Vick’s 16 points, Kyra Fox’s 15 and Stephanie Guevara’s 13 points.
Mother Seton 38, Highland Park 33: Freshman Nikki Miele posted 14 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Shannan McCarthy added 10 points and five boards to lead Mother Seton to its first GMC victory of the season. Lena Buccigrossi chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds for the Setters (2-12), while Zanea Torres, Dierra Doyle and Lexus Blocker each scored 11 points for Highland Park (4-13).
Linden 43, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 42: Jada Lewis scored 18 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and grabbed 11 rebounds as Linden claimed a one-point victory. Destiny Jenkins added 15 points and five assists for the Tigers (11-7), while Thabitha Dwunfour and Katie Harper each tallied 13 points for Scotch Plains-Fanwood (8-10).
Rutgers Prep 73, Peddie 34: Kim Thomas registered team highs of 18 points, six assists and five steals to pace Rutgers Prep (8-4). Allison Girardi, Ryann Tucker and Kendra Barat added 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
South Plainfield 46, J.P. Stevens 24: Shannon McMahon netted 12 points and Kate McLaughlin added 11 points to send South Plainfield to 11-7. Kathy Tong posted eight points to pace J.P. Stevens (1-17).
Piscataway 57, Old Bridge 23: Kristyn Shea scored 14 points and dished out six assists to help power Piscataway. Kendrea Williams posted 12 points and five rebounds for the Chiefs (11-6), while Kate Johnsen netted 10 points to pace Old Bridge (2-13).
Colonia 48, New Brunswick 36: Gina Barrett finished with 21 points and Amber Tropeano added seven points to lead Colonia (9-10). Destiny Betts tallied 11 points to pace New Brunswick (1-16).