Girls Basketball: Ending on a High Note
WALL - Neptune senior Iyonna Crenshaw began her four-year varsity career as a winner, and she ended it in the same fashion at Friday night's Shore Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.
The LaSalle University recruit dropped in a game-high 16 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors in a 96-69 win by the East all-stars over the West at Wall Township High School, finishing on a high note along with her Neptune teammate, center Lorena Hubbard, who also had 16 points.
"I just wanted to come out here and have fun,'' Crenshaw said. "It's my last game, so I just wanted to go all out."
Crenshaw was a second-team All-Shore selection by the coaches as well as the Class B North Player of the Year for the Scarlet Fliers, who reached the Central Jersey Group III final. She began her career as a freshman reserve for a star-studded Neptune team led by Shakena Richardson and Syessence Davis in 2010-11 that captured the NJSIAA Group III title and reached the Tournament of Champions final.
"I'm going to miss fast breaks all the time, rebounding, and doing the things we normally do,'' Crenshaw said.
The week of practice and the game were also a chance for Crenshaw to make some new friends.
"I met a lot of new people, so it was a great experience,'' she said.
Manalapan's Kelly McNulty added 11 points in the win for the East, Holmdel's Cassie Fontana chipped in with 9, and Raritan's Katie Sire and Red Bank's Jazz Van Loon each added 8 points. St. Rose guard Sarah Kurtz, who was the Kerwin Award winner this season, led the West with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Lacey's Jennifer Coleman and Jackson Memorial's Sheana Vega each added nine points and Monmouth University recruit Dana Carbone of Monsignor Donovan chipped in with eight.
Middletown South's Olivia Liskowitz won the halftime 3-point shootout over Van Loon. A pair of coaching luminaries were also honored with lifetime achievement awards. Former Freehold Township girls coach John Sciarappa, who had 450 wins, seven division titles, three trips to the sectional finals and one trip to a Shore Conference final in his career, was honored along with former Central boys coach Mike Clemente, who had 361 career victories and six division titles with the Golden Eagles.
Barnegat senior Shannon DiGrazio and Southern senior David Hunter were each awarded scholarships by the SBCA for their performance on the court and in the classroom. Manasquan junior Marina Mabrey was honored at halftime as the coaches' selection for Shore Conference Player of the Year, and the family of the late Kathy Snyder of Southern accepted her posthumous award for Shore Conference Coach of the Year.
East 96, West 69
East (96): Crenshaw 7 2-2 16, Darby 3 0-0 6, Dougherty 1 0-0 2, P. Van Loon 2 0-0 6, Fontana 4 0-0 9, Hubbard 7 2-4 16, Mircovich 1 0-0 2, McNulty 5 1-2 11, Meier 2 0-0 5, Sire 4 0-0 8, Unger 2 3-4 7, J. Van Loon 3 1-2 8. Totals: 39 9-14 96.
West (69): Allender 1 0-0 3, Alvarez 0 1-2 1, Barber 1 3-3 5, Liskowitz 0 0-0 0, Carbone 2 2-2 8, Coleman 3 0-0 9, Eckholt 0 0-0 0, Ford 3 0-0 7, Hart 2 1-2 5, Kurtz 4 0-0 12, Napolitano 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 2-2 2, Spaschak 1 1-2 3, Sullivan 2 0-0 5, Vega 2 3-7 9. Totals: 21 13-20 69.
East 45 51 - 96
West 30 39 - 69
Three-pointers: (E) P. Van Loon 2, Fontana, Meier, J. Van Loon; (W) Kurtz 4, Coleman 3, Vega 2, Carbone 2, Allender, Ford, Sullivan.