Monday, December 17

Class A North

Middletown South 65, Howell 51

Junior guard Stephanie Mayerhofer was the ringleader of a perimeter showcase by Middletown South (2-0, 2-0). Mayerhofer accounted for half of the 10 3-pointers drilled by the Eagles and finished with a game-high 21 points.

Senior guard Isla Brennan sank three jumpers from behind the arc and totaled 17 points and senior forward Eve Pirie took advantage of the interior space to drop in 10.

Howell (1-1, 1-1) got 17 points, five rebounds and three assists from sophomore guard Grace Leary. Sophomore forward Caitlin Gresko had 10 points and four boards while senior guard Jessica O'Brien picked up 11 points, six assists, four streals and three rebounds.

Marlboro 76, Manalapan 31

The Mustangs (2-0, 2-0) raced to a 23-4 lead and never looked back to keep early pace with Middletown South atop the division.

The long-range touch of backcourt trio Gisella Romeo, Sammy Jay and Sam Nocco sparked Marlboro. Each hit three triples in the game with Romeo, a senior, scoring a game-high 22 points and Jay, a sophomore, ending with 17. Nocco added three treys to Marlboro's total of 10 and had 11 points. Alotted room to explore, 5-10 junior center Brianna Diaz dropped 12 points.

Senior guard Cassidy Deaver sank three threes and led Manalapan (0-2, 0-2) with 17 points.

Class A Central

Shore 48, Monmouth 26

Sophomore guard Madison LaRosa deposited 15 points within an evenly-distributed offensive showing by the Blue Devils (1-1, 1-1).

Junior guard Chloe Wollman had nine points, senior guard Emily Guo scored eight and junior forward Lily Santi had seven for Shore, which used a 19-4 second quarter to open a 28-12 cushion.

Senior point guard Teyonce Wilson led Monmouth (0-2, 0-2) with nine points.

Manasquan 50, Rumson-Fair Haven 34

Senior guard Faith Masonius pumped in 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had seven steals and senior guard Lola Mullaney clicked for 17 as the Warriors (2-0, 2-0) pulled away in the second half.

Manasquan held a 17-11 halftime lead but widened the gap to 30-19 heading into the final eight minutes. Sophomore guard Cortland McBarron led Rumson-Fair Haven (1-1, 1-1) with 11 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists and five steals.

St. Rose 55, Red Bank Catholic 42

Brynn Farrell, a 5-11 junior swing, pumped in 28 points as the Purple Roses improved to 2-0 (2-0 in A Central), keyed by a blistering start.

St. Rose fashioned a 25-4 blitz in the opening quarter and settled for a 33-21 advantage at the half. Red Bank Catholic (1-1, 1-1) closed to within 35-29 in the third before sophomore guard Abby Antognoli sank consecutive buckets to push the lead back up to 10.

Senior guard Lauren Lithgow had 10 points, Antognoli finished with seven and senior forward Sam Mikos added six in the win. Freshman center Ally Carman and junior swing Fab Eggenschwiler scored seven apiece for Red Bank Catholic.

Class A South

Jackson Memorial 65, Brick Memorial 38

Junior Kristina Donza posted her second double-double in as many games for Jackson Memorial (2-0, 2-0), complementing 17 points with 11 rebounds.

Senior swing Dani Evans and sophomore guard Rachel Capua each chipped in with 14 points and seven boards while junior guard Bianca Giordano contributed seven points, 10 assists and nine boards. Freshman Zoe Holmes added seven points for the Jags.

Class B North

Neptune 60, Ocean 39

Junior small forward Macy Brackett posted a double-double for the Scarlet Fliers (2-0, 2-0), sinking 11 points and clearing 11 boards.

Freshman guard Ahjanae Young flipped in a team-high 16 points for Neptune, which opened with a 20-12 effort in the first quarter and closed on a 15-4 burst in the fourth.

Senior guard Sarah Dente countered with 16 points for Ocean (0-2, 0-2) and senior forward Morgan Bartlett had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Middletown North 54, Wall 38

The Lions (1-1, 1-1) outscored Wall (0-2, 0-2), 31-16, in the second half en route to evening their mark.

Junior forward Hayley Stratton supplied 12 points and senior guard Melissa Golembieski finished with 11 for Middletown North. Abby Nonnenberg, a 5-9 junior guard, collected 15 points and nine rebounds for Wall, which trailed, 23-22, at intermission.

Non-Conference

Roselle 40, Henry Hudson 20

Keansburg 40, Somerset Tech 21

Senior guard Alyssa Castera paced the Titans (1-1) with 13 points and Keansburg pulled away behind a 25-8 effort in the second half.

Senior forward Alicia Croswell scored nine in the win.

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