NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

South Jersey Non-Public B

(1) Patrick School 66, (4) Ranney 56

Sophomores Ahmadu Sarnor and Bryan Antoine combined for 49 of Ranney's 56 points and the Panthers pulled within two points of the No. 1 team in the state with just over four minutes to go, but the Celtics (25-4) fought off Ranney (22-5) to advance to the sectional final Wednesday against No. 6 Roselle Catholic.

Sarnor scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the first half while Antoine poured in 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter.

Sophomore Scottie Lewis scored only five points, but spent the game matched up against Kentucky-bound 6-11 senior Nick Richards when Richards was on the floor. Lewis finished with five points and 11 rebounds and held Richards to 10 points on five dunks - all in the first half.

Junior Vladir Manuel led Patrick School with 16 points - one of five Celtics players with at least nine points. Senior Jordan Walker netted six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, while Minnesota-bound senior Jamir Harris joined Richards with 10 points. Monmouth commit Marcus McClary chipped in nine pointe for Patrick School.

Sarnor scored off a Patrick School turnover with 4:18 left to pull Ranney within 56-54 - the closest Ranney came to pulling even with the Celtics since the score was tied at 6 in the first quarter. Manuel stepped up with a jump hookto push the Patrick's lead back to four and threw down a two-handed dunk off a feed from Richards to put the Celtics ahead, 60-54.

Antoine hit a pair of free throws to pull Ranney back within 62-56 and the Panthers forced a turnover to get the ball back, but an offensive foul on sophomore Chris Autino gave the ball back to Patrick School with 1:58 left and sent Autino to the bench with five fouls. Walker hit four straight free throws to put the game on ice.

 

Girls NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Finals

Central Jersey Group II

(1) Manasquan 67, (2) Rumson-Fair Haven 66

Junior Dara Mabrey hit both ends of a one-and-one from the free-throw line with 0.2 seconds left on the clock and the Warriors (28-2) won a heart-stopping sectional final against the rival Bulldogs (22-7) to capture their fourth straight Central Jersey Group II crown.

Rumson rallied from a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter and took a 66-65 lead when junior Tori Hyduke converted a left-handed scoop shot in the lane with six seconds left.

After a timeout, Mabrey took the inbounds pass, dribbled down the lane and drew a bump just before time ran out. Needing to make the first to earn a chance to win the game, Mabrey buried the first foul shot to even the score and knocked down the second to clinch the game.

Mabrey finished with 10 points while senior Stella Clark scored 18 points after missing Manasquan's win over Newark Tech Thursday due to illness. Sophomore Faith Masonius also added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Hyduke nearly carried Rumson to its 15th sectional title with a career-high 38 points while senior Hannah Scanlan pitched in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Manasquan has now eliminated Rumson each of the past four seasons in the Central Jersey Group II postseason - three times in the sectional final.

 

South Jersey Group IV

(2) Cherokee 37, (1) Toms River North 35

Senior Isabella Therien dribbled the length of the floor and converted the game-winning layup as time expired to deliver the Chiefs (27-2) with a last-second win over the Mariners (27-4) to claim the South Jersey Group IV championship.

Therien led Cherokee with 16 points and pulled off the winning score after the Chiefs forced a Toms River North turnover on the other end.

Mariners senior Ashley Tutzauer stole the ball and scored the tying basket to even the score at 35 and Toms River North forced a Cherokee turnover to get the ball back with 29 seconds left before Cherokee got it back with the Mariners turnover.

Sophomore Jenna Paul led Toms River North with 16 points and Tutzauer added seven in defeat.

 

South Jersey Group II

(3) Manchester 34, (1) Middle Twp. 33

Senior Dejah Adams drilled the game-winning three-pointer with five seconds left and the Hawks (24-5) knocked off the top-seeded Panthers (25-4) on the road to claim the South Jersey Group II championship.

Freshman Kemari Reynolds hit a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds to pull Manchester within 32-31 of Middle and the Panthers answered by making one out of two free throws to inch their lead up to 33-31.

Reynolds finished with a team-high 11 points and set up the game-winner by Adams. With time winding down, the freshman dribbled left, drew the defense to her and kicked the ball back out to her senior teammate. With an open look, Adams hit the biggest shot of her high school career to cap a five-point game.

Junior A'Liah Moore also scored nine points for Manchester, while senior Jenna Herlihy scored 20 of Middle's 33 points to lead all scorers.

Manchester will continue its season Wednesday in the Group II semifinal against defender Group II champion Manasquan at Williamstown High School.

 

Sectional Semifinals

South Jersey Non-Public B

(2) Rutgers Prep 54, (6) St. Rose 32

Senior Gabi Redden scored 20 points and the Argonauts (28-1) led the Purple Roses (26-4) from wire-to-wire for a convincing win in a showdown of the top two teams in N.J., according to NJ.com.

Senior Madison Stanley also added the Rutgers Prep interior play with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Argonauts scored 38 of their points in the paint and eight more from the free-throw line.

Senior Jen Louro led St. Rose with 10 points in her final high school game. Juniors Mikayla Markham and Elizabeth Marsicano also scored eight points apiece.

Rutgers Prep will play top-seeded Patrick School in the sectional final on Wednesday at Jackson Liberty.

 

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