S. Jersey Girls: Highland girls' basketball on winning track with second straight victory

After going winless through a 22-game season a year ago, the Highland basketball team is having more fun this winter.

The Tartans posted their second straight victory and third win of the season on Monday when Ayanna Williams put in a layup with 11 seconds left that beat visiting Penns Grove, 41-40, in a Tri-County Conference contest.

After Williams' layup, the Red Devils got off a pair of shots that missed the mark before Highland got control and ran out the clock.

Liz Looby, a 5-foot-9 forward, tossed in 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Highland's three wins have been by a total of five points.

Cape-Atlantic. Alicia Cox started a 21-point performance by hitting three baskets in an 18-5 first quarter as Vineland dealt host Millville a 58-42 setback.

Quadjira Carpenter grabbed nine offensive boards among her 11 rebounds, and Ta'yon Morgan-Jones scored eight of her 10 points in a 19-4 second quarter that steered Atlantic City past visiting Mainland, 56-51.

Jovan Childers' 26-point game helped Bridgeton pull away in the second half of a 61-41 win over visiting Pleasantville.

Middle Township's Mariah Smolka played a solid game in the paint, scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and blocking four Holy Spirit shots as the host Panthers won, 44-26.

Kristine Miller (21) and freshman Mikila Stefanski (20) gave Cedar Creek enough points to get past visiting Buena, 56-33. Stefanski also dished out six assists.

Nonleague. Pitman needed a 10-6 overtime period to escape with a 55-51 win over visiting Camden Academy Charter. The Panthers' Karlie Crispin registered 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Lehigh Patrick added 18 points to offset a 22-point game by Camden Academy's Chaquara Milligan.

Chanelle Perry's 30 points and Shanice Maynard's 28 provided most of Woodrow Wilson's offense in a 79-21 victory at Pennsauken Tech.

Audubon cruised past visiting Medford Tech, 59-17, behind Alex Gravinese's 15 points and four steals, plus Tyler Frankowski's eight rebounds.

Balanced scoring by Cape May Tech's Alexis Olson (14 points), Kerry Player (14) and Lauryn Fields (12) offset a 27-point game by Wildwood's Jessica Freeman as visiting Tech prevailed, 53-38.