Girls Basketball Scoreboard, Feb. 8
Class A North
Howell 60, Freehold Boro 30
Senior Rachel Gazzola droped in 13 points, keyed by a trio of 3-pointers and Mackenzie Bruno chipped in with 10 as Howell (9-9, 5-7) reached the .500 mark necessary to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament. The Rebels used a 21-6 outburst in the second quarter to assume a 35-14 lead by intermission.
Sydney Przygoda scored 22 for the Colonials (4-15, 0-12).
Colts Neck 50, Neptune 34
Camryn Foltz droped in 14 points while Cara Volpe and Jess Thesing each scored 10 to power the Cougars (15-5, 11-1), who locked up the A North crown with the triumph. Colts Neck used a 15-3 tear in the second quarter to erase an 11-7 deficit and grab a 22-14 lead by halftime.
Makayla Andrews had 13 points and 23 rebounds for Neptune (10-10, 7-5) and Taylor Gardner ended with 19 points.
Class A Central
Shore at Raritan, 6:30 p.m.
Class A South
Toms River East 44, Central 24
Kamryn Lister knocked down three long-range jumpers while striking for a game-high 17 points for the Raiders (12-7, 10-5). Jordyn Madigan and Sydney Phibbs each hit a pair of threes and finished with 10 apiece for Toms River East, which set the tone with a 19-0 charge in the opening quarter.
No. 8 Jackson Memorial 64, Brick Memorial 58
Kristina Donza pumped in 22 points, Rachel Capua clicked for 17 and Bianca Giordano ended with 11 for the Jaguars (16-2, 12-2). Capua complemented her scoring output with six rebounds and four assists while Giordano added eight assists and five steals.
Brick Memorial (7-12, 5-8), which recieved 12 points from both Shaunna Bruker and Cassandra Ball, owned a 31-25 edge at the half before Jackson Memorial erupted with a 21-10 effort in the third to seize a 46-41 advantage.
The Jaguars have won six straight.
Toms River South 49, Southern 41
Emily Donzati exploded for a career-high 29 points, including her 1,000th point, and handed out five assists while Shiloh Williams compiled 13 points and eight boards as Toms River South (7-12, 4-10) brought a halt to Southern's six-game winning streak.
No. 7 Toms River North 59, Brick 20
The Mariners (19-2, 14-) captured the A South title with their road win. Jenna Paul led Toms River North with 16 points while Amanda Johnson and Kristina Johnson each scored 13 and Brielle Bisogno netted eight.
Class B North
No. 4 Red Bank Catholic 61, Long Branch 40
Freshman guard Sophia Sabino counted three 3-pointers among her team-high 15 and the Caseys (17-4, 12-2) cooled off surging Long Branch with a 29-15 performance in the first half. Senior guard Rose Caverly scored 10 and sophomore forward Fabienne Eggenschwiler chipped in with nine.
Angelique Gathers led Long Branch (11-10, 6-9) with a game-high 21 points.
No. 3 Manasquan 78, Monmouth 33
Junior forward Faith Masonius sank 13 shots from the field to produce a game-high 25 points, senior guard Dara Mabrey totaled 21 and junior guard Lola Mullaney scored 17 for the Warriors (19-2, 13-1), who established a 44-12 lead by intermission on course to wrapping up the B North title.
Precious Allah topped the Falcons (7-14, 5-9) with 17 points and Marisa Santoro finished with 13.
Class B Central
Henry Hudson 35, Ranney 22
Brea Carlstrom collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, Shannon Forbes flipped in 12 points and Alyssa Curry supplied a dozen boards, eight assists and six steals to help the Admirals (7-15, 6-11), who opened a 9-0 cushion after one quarter, pick up their second straight victory.
Trinity Hall 63, Point Pleasant Beach 42
Bridget Andree had 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks to pace the Monarchs (19-2, 13-2), who established the tone of the contest with a 17-3 showing in the first quarter. Collen Cusat and Caitlin Wingertzahn each scored nine and combined for 11 rebounds in the victory.
McKayla Hughes topped Point Pleasant Beach (11-7. 9-6) with 14 points and Carleigh Burns netted 11.
Class B South
Barnegat 36, Jackson Liberty 23
Senior Shannon McCoy deposited a game-high 19 points and the Bengals (13-7, 10-4) used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to open a 24-16 gap. Ginalee Erskine provided six points for Barnegat.
Maura Carney and Kayla Nelson led Jackson Liberty (5-16, 3-11) with seven points apiece.
No. 10 Donovan Catholic 63, Point Pleasant Boro 23
Molly Collins poured in 21 points to lead eight different scoring contributors for the Griffins (19-2, 13-1), who locked up a share of the B South title with Manchester while extending their sizzling win streak to 17. Alyssa Hirschy supplied nine points, Paige Slaven scored seven and Jayda Kearney finished with seven for Donovan Catholic.
No. 5 Manchester 55, Pinelands 29
Asha Harper backed 21 points with eight rebounds and Destiny Adams chipped in with 17 points and seven boards as Manchester (19-2, 13-1) secured a share of the B North championship along with Donovan Catholic. Dakota Adams returned to the Hawks' lineup after a three-game absence and delivered 10 points and six boards.
Freehold Twp. 50, Sayreville 47
Freshman Kaylie Elsbree drilled four 3-pointers en route to a career-high 18 points and senior Sarah Hughes netted 13 to steer the Patriots (8-12), who ended a four-game losing skid. Freehold Twp. used a 13-9 showing in the second quarter to build a 30-23 advantage by halftime. Mollie Patmore chipped in with nine points, including a pair of treys.