Girls Basketball – SSN All-Shore Teams
Shore Sports Network All-Shore Girls Basketball Team
Selected by Senior Staff Writer Matt Manley
Dara Mabrey, Jr., Manasquan – Shore Sports Network Player of the Year
Mabrey was already an established standout in the Shore Conference after earning a second-team selection last season, but her game ascended to a new level as a junior in 2016-17. She averaged 19.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, won the Kerwin Award and the Gatorade Player of the Year in N.J. as a junior, and was the leading scorer on a team that was just seconds/inches away from winning the Tournament of Champions.
In addition to the overall numbers, Mabrey played some of her best games against the best competition. She scored at least 20 points in 15 games and 14 of those games were against teams with a winning record. The other game was a 24-point performance in a win over Long Branch, which included the 1,000th point of her high school career. Mabrey also put up 30 or more in a game four times – 33 against Tournament of Champions and SCT semifinalist Red Bank Catholic, 31 against Long Island Lutheran, 30 against Rumson-Fair Haven and a career-high 34 against Newark Tech in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II semifinals.
Kim Evans, Sr., St. John Vianney
As the only returning starter from last year’s 31-1 Tournament of Champions team, Evans took on a more prominent role on this year’s Lancers team after serving as one of the top players in the Shore as a junior. The 6-foot-3 Seton Hall signee averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior and, more importantly, played the role of senior leader on a team that needed one. With Evans leading the way, St. John Vianney reached the Shore Conference Tournament final with a team comprised mostly on new starters and varsity players around Evans. She wraps up her career with more than 1,300 points and will go down as a key player on one of St. John Vianney’s best teams ever.
Tori Hyduke, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven
As Hyduke became a more proactive scorer, Rumson got better and better. The junior began the season by averaging 13.2 points per game in the team’s first 16 games and starting with a 20-point game on Jan. 30 against Red Bank, the scoring steadily picked up over the final month. In those final 13 games – seven of which were postseason games – Hyduke averaged 19.9 per game, including 23.5 in the six postseason games (Shore Conference and NJSIAA Tournaments). Her final two games of the season were her best as Hyduke scored 30 points in a Central Jersey Group II semifinal win over New Providence and poured in a career-high 38 while nearly carrying Rumson to a sectional final win over Manasquan. She also averaged 4.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
Desiree Allen, Sr., Neptune
The leading scorer in the Shore Conference at 23.4 points per game, Allen capped a standout career at Neptune by leading the Scarlet Fliers to a Class A North title, back to the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals and to the Central Jersey Group III championship game. Neptune pushed St. John Vianney to the brink in the SCT quarterfinals before the defending champs fought off the Fliers on the way to reaching the championship game for a second straight year. Allen finishes her career with more than 1,700 points.
Lucy Thomas, Jr., St. Rose
It’s hard to pick out the best player on the St. Rose team, which is why the Purple Roses had such a great year. They boast a starting lineup of five players who can lead the team in scoring on any given night, but on most nights, that player was Thomas. The 6-foot-1 Monmouth University recruit led the balanced St. Rose attack with 12.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The Monmouth recruit hit the go-ahead three-pointer in St. Rose’s overtime win over Manasquan in the SCT semifinals and led the way with 15 points and seven boards in the championship win over St. John Vianney. St. Rose’s SCT crown was the second in six years and third in the history of the program.
Hannah Scanlan, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Good luck finding more than a handful of players who put up the kind of numbers than Scanlan did during her senior year for the Bulldogs. The Bryant University recruit averaged 20.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for a Rumson team that ust narrowly missed knocking off Manasquan for a Central Jersey Group II title. Scanlan started the year on fire, averaging 26.1 points and 11.6 rebounds over Rumson’s first seven games. During her best season as a four-year varsity player, Scanlan also joined the 1,000-point club during the Shore Conference Tournament win over Holmdel.
Mikayla Markham, Jr., St. Rose
The junior Columbia recruit averaged 11.2 points, five assists and two steals while coming up with big plays during St. Rose’s run to the Shore Conference Tournament championship.
Josie Larkins, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
The future Vermont Catamount joined the 1,000-point club during her senior year, during which she averaged 13.3 points per game to lead a Caseys team that reached the Tournament of Champions semifinals for the second time in five years.
Stella Clark, Sr., Manasquan
The point guard of the Tournament of Champions runner up, Clark averaged 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and 2.4 steals during her senior year. During her four-year career, the Northeastern recruit played in the T of C final every year.
Faith Masonius, So., Manasquan
Masonius is well on her way to being a four-time All-Shore selection after turning in another strong season as a sophomore. She averaged 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds for a 31-3 Manasquan team.
Katie Rice, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
The most versatile defender on a strong defensive team, Rice also averaged 9.5 points for a Caseys squad that won its eighth state title and reached the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament and Tournament of Champions.
Ashley Tutzauer, Sr., Toms River North
The Mariners had their best season in more than a decade and Tutzauer’s senior leadership and performance were catalysts. She averaged 16.1 points per game while leading Toms River North to a WOBM Christmas Classic title, a Class A South championship and the South Jersey Group IV final – where the Mariners lost to Cherokee at the buzzer.
Elizabeth Marsicano, Jr., St. Rose – The 6-foot-1 St. Joseph’s recruit did a little bit of everything for the Shore Conference champs and averaged eight points and eight rebounds.
Alexandra Balsamo, Sr., Middletown South – The senior 1,000-point scorer averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and two steals per game for an Eagles team that reached the SCT quarterfinals and the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals.
Jen Louro, Sr., St. Rose – The senior leader of the SCT champions averaged 10 points and 6.6 rebounds and was named MVP of the SCT final.
Hailee Hallard, Sr., Middletown North – The senior averaged 21 points per game while playing in a division with Manasquan, Red Bank Catholic and Middletown South.
Rose Caverly, Jr., Red Bank Catholic – Floor general for the 28-4 Caseys who averaged just under nine points per game.
Jenna Paul, So., Toms River North – Matched teammate Ashley Tutzauer with 16.1 points per game and was a frontcourt presence for the 27-4 A South champs.