Monday, January 7

Vote for Week 2 Shore Conference Girls Basketball Player of the Week

A North

Manalapan 44, Freehold 28

Senior guard Cassidy Deaver, who is scoring at a 15.7 clip, deposited 17, grabbed six boards and handed out four assists for the Braves (3-5, 1-4), who bolted to a 13-2 lead. Carlyn Deaver netted 11 points and Jordyn Ferraro amassed five rebounds, six streals and three blocks in the win.

Beth Grossman had 11 points for Freehold (2-7, 0-5)

No. 8 Middletown South 68, No. 7 Marlboro 63

Senior guard Isla Brennan pumped in 18 of her game-high 25 points in the second half and Middletown South (7-1, 4-0) used a huge fourth-quarter rally to outlast Marlboro (7-3, 3-1).

The Eagles trailed, 51-45, through three quarters but used a 23-9 outburst over the closing eight minutes to run their win streak against A North opponents in divisional play to 59. Freshman Renee Wells scored all seven of her points in the fourth, highlighted by a go-ahead 3-pointer that staked Middletown South to 64-63 lead and Brennan supplied 10 in the finishing blitz.

Marlboro went 6 of 8 from behind the arc in the third quarter fueled by three 3-pointers from Theresa Besso, who finished with 14 points. Gisella Romeo topped the Mustangs with 16.

Senior forward Eve Pirie backed seven points with a career-high 14 rebounds in the victory, junior swing Kayla Richardson had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and junior guard Stephanie Mayerhofer ended with nine points and five boards.

Middletown South avenged a 66-60 loss to Marlboro in the quarterfinal round of the WOBM Christmas Classic.

Howell 52, Long Branch 38

Howell (6-1, 3-1) pocketed its fifth straight win, getting double-doubles from sophomore forward Caitlin Gresko and senior guard Jessica O'Brien.

Gresko picked up 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with three steals while O'Brien finished with 18 points, 10 boards, four assists, four steals and a block for the Rebels, who opened a 39-28 gap through three quarters. Sophomore swing Mackenzie Bruno provided seven points and four boards while sophomre guard Grace Leary added seven points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Jada Rogers flipped in 14 and Madison Grayson had nine for Long Branch (3-4, 1-3).

A Central

No. 5 Red Bank Catholic 68, Monmouth 10

Freshman guard Justine Pissott exploded for all 20 of her points in the first half to spark  the Caseys (7-3, 4-1). Freshman center Ally Carman dropped in 10 while sophomore point guard Sophia Sabino and her junior sister Shaelyn each scored seven.

Raritan 41, Shore 40

Raritan (4-4, 3-2) put together a 15-7 rally in the fourth to erase a 33-26 deficit. Renata Alberici and Katrina Wojtowicz sank 11 points apiece for the Rockets and Lucy Alberici scored 10

Madison LaRosa had a game-high 15 for Shore (6-5, 1-4).

No. 10 Rumson-Fair Haven 45, Holmdel 40

Junior forward Lucy Adams backed 14 points with 11 boards and junior guard Sophia Passalaqua gathered nine points (on three 3-pointers), three rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block as Rumson-Fair Haven (4-4, 2-3) slammed the brakes on a two-game losing skid.

Junior guard Carson Fontana had 17 points and four assists for Holmdel (3-5, 1-4) and junior forward Leah Nolan chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals.

B North

Ocean 52, Wall 44

No. 1 St. John Vianney 69, Colts Neck 30

Sophomore guard Katie Hill poured in a career-high 19 points and freshman guard Madison St. Rose netted a season-best 15 as the Lady Lancers (7-1, 5-0) rebounded from a lost on Sunday to national power St. John College (Md.) to punctuate its annual Pink Game.

St. John Vianney, which raced to a 27-5 advantage in the first quarter, got eight points and five rebounds from 6-2 freshman Megan Calahan as well as seven points, two assists and two steals from senior forward Brelynn Bellamy.

The Lady Lancers applied staunch defense, limiting Colts Neck (5-3, 4-1) to a season-low 30 points.

B Central

Keansburg 26, Ranney 19

Senior forward Alicia Croswell dropped in a season-high 12 points and senior guard Alyssa Castera added seven to steer the Titans (4-4, 2-2).

Keansburg used a 9-2 showing in the fourth quarter to snap a 17-17 deadlock. Junior guard Lilly Blumenkrantz hit a pair of 3-pointers and topped Ranney (0-3, 0-3) with nine points.

Non-Divisional

Jackson Liberty 47, Point Beach 23

Jackson Liberty (7-4) tamed a Point Beach offense averaging 48.8 points per game and ended the Garnet Gulls' three-game win streak. In turn, the Lions picked up their seventh win in eight outings and exceded their win total from a season ago.

Senior guard Hailey McGee scored all of her game-high 18 points from the field and sophomore guard Maura Carney pumped in 14 to go with six rebounds for Jackson Liberty, which established a 47-18 cushion through three quarters. Senior guard Amber McGee had nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four points.

Sophomore guard Allison House led Point Beach (7-2) with seven points.

Barnegat 55, Keyport 42

Syndey Boyer led three players in double figures with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bengals, who evened their mark at 5-5 by creating a 26-12 gap by intermission. Kya Joseph had 11 points, nine boards and four assists, Ashley Pringle added a season-high 11 and Nikki Lozito scored nine, also a season-best.

Jada Baker pulled down 10 boards, dealth six assists, rejected five shots and netted five points for Barnegat.

Central at Lacey, 5:15

Donovan Catholic 46, No. 6 Jackson Memorial 29

Sizzling junior guard Paige Slaven dropped in a season-high 18 points to complement seven rebounds and five assists as surging Donovan Catholic (7-2) claimed its fifth consecutive win.

The Griffins took control from the outset, turning a 10-3 lead at the end of the opening quarter into a 23-9 advantage by halftime. Junior forward Jayda Kearney had 13 points and seven boars and senior forward Nalah Tinsley grabbed 10 boards as Donovan Catholic fashioned a 32-28 edge on the glass.

Junior guard Kristina Donza posted her fourth double-double of the season for Jackson (3-4) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Rachel Capua added 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Jaguars, who've dropped four straight.

Non-Conference

Sayreville 59, Freehold Twp. 49

Kaylie Elsbree hit four 3-pointers and had 16 points while Hannah Orloff made use of the space inside to drop in 17 for Freehold Twp. (6-3), which had a three-game win streak halted.

Tanya Elsbree add 10 points for the Patriots. Jackie Ventricelli led Sayreville (4-4) with 16 points. The Bombers outscored Freehold Twp., 28-17, over the second and third quarters to open a 39-30 margin.

Bordentown 48, Asbury Park 33

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