EDISON — Behind a stifling defense and the steadying offensive punch from Kendrea Williams, the Piscataway High School girls basketball team raced past Woodbridge 48-28 in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Williams — who reached double-figures for the 17th straight game — led all scorers with 14 points, going 8-8 from the free throw line. She scored four points in the first, third and fourth quarters, helping lead a balanced attack for the second-seeded Chiefs.
“Woodbridge came out with a box-and-one against Kendrea and we told her that she just needed to help her teammates; set screens and pass out of traps and get open in other ways,” Piscataway head coach Corey Floyd said. “But it was a good team effort today. Everybody played well and that’s what we were looking for.”
Taylor Nelson scored 13 points and come away with four steals and Kiki Bynes, last season’s GMCT MVP, scored eight points to go with seven rebounds, handling the point guard duties for the latter stages of the game.
“We let Kiki freelance on the wing and that allowed Taylor to handle the ball for the most part,” Floyd said. “Kiki stepped into her old role and settled everything down for us.”
The 10th-seeded Barrons had a miserable time getting the ball through the net, shooting 8-47 from the field and 11-26 from the free throw line. Gabby Jones just missed a double-double, with eight points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Vasquez came off the bench to score eight points and seven rebounds.
The Chiefs will continue their run towards back-to-back GMCT titles Monday evening against third-seeded Monroe at 5:30 p.m., in a matchups that pits the Red and White Division champions against one another.
“Right now, we can’t overlook anybody,” Floyd said. “I got a chance to see them today and they have some good shooters. We’re going to have to toughen up and if we can make them put it on the floor and not let them get open jumpers, we’ll see what we can do.”