NUTLEY – Nutley High School girls’ basketball standout Blair Watson scored 27 points, becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer, in a 59-43 home win over Newark Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Watson, a senior guard, upped her career total to 1,613 points, surpassing the old record of 1,602 points held by 1999 graduate Kim DiVincenzo.
Watson, who will play for powerhouse University of Maryland next year, has scored 127 points in four games this season. Watson is ranked No. 28 overall in the nation for the Class of 2016, according to HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings.
Courtney Wilde had 13 points and fellow freshman guard Alaina Feaster had nine points for NHS in the win.
In the next game, the Raiders defeated Mount Saint Dominic, 44-34, led by Watson’s 19 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Wilde had 14 points as the Raiders erased a 12-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter to take a 21-15 halftime lead. Freshman guard Rebecca Granata also had six points.
Watson scored 25 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Raiders to a 59-23 win over rival Belleville on Monday, Jan. 11, at Belleville. Granata had 20 points, Feaster and sophomore forward Sydney Kunz each had four points; and junior guard Jen Callaghan, freshman Gianna Joyce and sophomore Giavanna Modica each had two points for the Raiders, who won their third straight game to improve to a 6-2 record.