Price, defense help No. 4 South Brunswick girls stifle No. 5 Colonia at home

The Colonia Patriots took 14 minutes and 18 seconds to score their first field goal of the game, and still led 14-9 at the half.

If that doesn’t describe life in the GMC Red Division, what else does?

Despite that, the strong defense continued until the scoring could pick up in the second half for the Vikings, and 4th-ranked South Brunswick knocked off fifth-ranked Colonia 43-40 in girls basketball action heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio Thursday night.

Cynai Price was one of two players to lead the scoring for the Vikes, tallying ten points along with Meher Vig, who is known for her propensity to steal the basketball. Price, though, was great on defense, forcing Colonia into bad shots whenever they got in her vicinity.

For the Patriots’ Taylor Derkack got her points – a 22-point effort including 12 of 15 from the charity stripe – but the supporting cast Colonia head coach Sandi Chiera says her team badly needs beyond Derkack and her daughter, Mattison Chiera, failed to materialize against South Brunswick.

Chiera was held to just five points tonight, her first single digit effort since the opening game of last year in a 59-50 loss to Albertus Magnus of New York. It also snapped a streak of 30 straight games scoring 10 or more points against GMC opponents.

South Brunswick improves to 3-1 overall and in the GMC Red; Colonia drops to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Red.

Click below for postgame reaction, presented by Sportsplex at Metuchen:

Senior Cynai Price
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Head coach Jeff Johnson

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