Faith Masonius, Manasquan

Senior Guard/Forward 6-1

Faith Masonius of Manasquan (Photo by Paula Lopez)

A four-year staple for the Warriors, the Maryland pledge posted astronomical numbers throughout the course of her career but statistics only tell a portion of the story. Masonius (19.9 ppg., 11.3 rpg., 4.0 apg., 2.6 spg.) was selfless, an exemplary leader and the consummate team player who contributed across the board for Manasquan this winter and did so while grooming a corps of underclassmen in what it takes to be a member of the prestigious program. She wrapped up her time with the Big Blue by compiling 2,032 points and 1,116 rebounds, four Central Jersey, Group 2 titles, three Group 2 state championships and a Tournament of Champions crown as well as a Shore Conference Tournament trophy as a junior. Manasquan boasted a 113-19 record during her tenure. Masonius shot a blistering 53 percent from the field (229 for 430) and registered 21 double-doubles.

Leilani Correa, Manchester

Senior Guard 6-0

Leilani Correa of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The picture of grace and elegance on the hardwood, Correa transferred to Manchester after three stellar seasons at Rutgers Prep and proved to the piece that pushed the Hawks into the state’s elite. Her offensive repertoire was both endless and bountiful. Whether confidently attacking the rim, pulling up on the jumper or firing away from long range, Correa maintained a composed and accurate stroke. She buried 45 threes and scored at a consistent 16.8 clip while clearing 7.5 rebounds and producing 3.2 steals a contest. She embraced big games with poise and purpose, delivering 14 points and nine rebounds in a 58-42 victory over St. John Vianney for the Hawks’ first Shore Conference Tournament championship and averaged 19.3 points and 8.3 boards in the post season, fueling Manchester to its first Group 2 state title and a run to the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions, where it fell to Saddle River Day.

Brynn Farrell, St. Rose

Junior Guard/Forward 5-11

Brynn Farrell of St. Rose (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Stepping into an already-established lineup, Farrell, a transfer from Metuchen, assertively carved her niche in the same manner in which she drove to the rim – fearlessly. A slick penetrator, Farrell was an instrumental figure in the Roses’ run to an A Central title and second straight Non-Public A state championship. Beyond her ability to score in a variety of forms (18.1 ppg., 31 3-pointers), she was a tenacious force on the glass and underrated ball defender who drew some heavy-duty assignments and answered the call with a rugged, neutralizing edge. She grabbed nearly six rebounds a game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark, a feat accomplished despite missing all but three games of her sophomore year due to injury.

Destiny Adams

Sophomore Guard/Forward 6-3

Destiny Adams of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Adams was the very definition of a matchup nightmare. She devoured open space with long strides steered toward getting to the hoop while her silky release from the beyond the arc was easily fired above undersized defenders left at her mercy. She backed 14.0 points per game (40 3-pointers) with seven rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.9 steals an outing, instrumental in the Hawks hunting down a B South division crown with a 14-0 showing, the Shore Conference Tournament championship and the Group 2 state title. She recorded eight double-doubles and erupted for a career-high 34 points to go with nine rebounds, eight blocks, five assists and two steals as the Hawks soared over Lincoln, 65-48, for the Group 2 final.

Sajada Bonner, St. John Vianney

Senior Forward, 6-0

Sajada Bonner of St. John Vianney (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Bonner dropped in 13.4 points a contest and ran off a string of 16 consecutive games with 10 or more points, marked by a season-high 26 in a 67-59 victory over Saddle River Day on Jan. 27. Her physical, confident style in the paint balanced a delicate outside touch that drilled 33 3-pointers and was a testimony to her diversified offensive tool box. A hard-nosed interior defender who contested and altered shots in the paint, the Quinnipiac recruit also flexed her muscles on the boards, a driving force who aided the Lady Lancers in their undefeated charge to the B North title and a spot in their fourth straight Shore Conference Tournament final, where they fell to Manchester.

Lola Mullaney, Manasquan

Lola Mullaney of Manasquan (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Senior Guard 5-10

Mullaney proved to be the perfect complement to Faith Masonius as the two carried a heavy scoring load for the Warriors. While her reputation as a perimeter marksman stood the test of time (55 3-pointers), the Harvard-bound guard saw her role as a ball handler expand and her rate of driving to the rim increase. Mullaney was a master at balancing what she could accomplished from behind the arc with what she could reap off the dribble in crafting a 20.3 scoring average but also served Manasquan well as an underrated presence on the board (4.4 rpg.) and invested defender (2.1 spg.). She set the tone for a stellar senior year by dropping 32 on Opening Night in a lopsided win over Raritan and pumped in a career-high 35 on Jan. 6 to key a 49-43 victory over Archbishop Wood (Pa.). She shot 48 percent from the floor (205 for 480).

Jenna Paul, Toms River North

Senior Forward 5-11

Jenna Paul of Toms River North (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Active, athletic and versatile, Paul bordered on unstoppable for the Mariners. Bound for Colgate, she was a virtual double-double machine, cranking out 15, marked by a career-high 34 points and 11 boards in a 79-46 decision against Point Beach in the preliminary round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Paul left a lasting legacy, departing as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,958 points. Her tireless work ethic underneath found a balance in a perimeter game that yielded 32 3-pointers. She averaged 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.


Kemari Reynolds, Manchester

Junior Guard 5-9

Kemari Reynolds of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Considering all the elements at play for the Hawks, they were fortunate to have a heady playmaker to oversee the operation. Reynolds was a beacon at the point, running the offense with keen vision and an even distributing hand (4.5 apg.). Her sense of a hot hand, proper spacing and when to put the pedal to the medal offered the juice to an offense that scored at a 69.8 clip with her contributing 10.4 to the sum. Her quick, defensive hands reaped 2.8 steals a game.

Abby Antognoli, St. Rose

Sophomore Guard 5-6

Abby Antognoli of St. Rose (Photo by Paula Lopez)

So much of what Antognoli accomplished hinged on her speed, but not just afoot. Her blistering quickness pushed the pace while her quick decisions found teammates in ideal scoring position. A hounding defender with sticky hands (team-high 70 steals), she routinely crept up from behind on unsuspecting ballhandlers to dispossess them and spring the Purples Roses’ transition game. An artful playmaker, Antognoli provided 10.6 points, 2.3 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Brelynn Bellamy, St. John Vianney

Senior Forward 6-0

Brelynn Bellamy of St. John Vianney (Photo by Paula Lopez)

One of the Lady Lancers’ premier defenders, Bellamy used light feet and an engulfing wing span to blanket whoever she guarded. Her anticipation in passing lanes created turnovers while her spring inside made her a useful resource on the boards. Where her game truly elevated was on the offensive end. Bellamy (9.0 ppg., 20 3-pointers) became a confident option in the halfcourt, capable of sticking a three or setting up a defender to expose off the bounce. She buried five 3-pointers and totaled 17 points in a 53-51 victory against Manasquan in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals.

Gisella Romeo, Marlboro

Senior Guard 5-7

Gisella Romeo of Marlboro (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Within a system where so much of the offensive output was predicated on the damage inflicted from the perimeter, Romeo proved to be the ultimate beneficiary of opening driving lanes created by the wide spacing. She seized available routes to pierce into seams en route to scoring 14.3 points a contest. While her penetration was a staple within the high-octane scheme, Romeo was still a formidable contributor for the Bomb Squad, accounting for 36 of the 340 triples Marlboro deposited on their way to winning the A North and reaching the Central Jersey, Group 4 final.

Lauren Lithgow, St. Rose

Senior Guard 5-9

Lauren Lithgow of St. Rose (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Most often recognized for her impact along the 3-point line, Lithgow provided much more than just deep threes. Yes, she maintained her reputation as long-range specialist, sinking 50, including a career-high nine when she struck for 29 in a 61-54 triumph over St. John Vianney in the South Jersey, Non-Public A final, but Lithgow, who will attended West Point, bloomed into a reliable defender and timely attacker off the dribble who supplied 12.5 points a night.

Brielle Bisogno, Toms River North

Senior Guard 5-7

Brielle Bisogno of Toms River North (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Her boundless energy, endless enthusiasm and hustle were all defining points for a point guard who only knew one speed. Bisogno routinely kept defenses off balance by interchanging her course of attack, driving inside on one possession and stepping into a 3-pointer on the next trip down. She buried 53 triples while clicking for 15.4 points per outing, complemented by 4.5 assists. 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Surrounded by impressionable underclassmen, she laid the groundwork for the expected work ethic of the Mariners.


Camryn Foltz, Colts Neck

Junior Guard, 6-0

Camryn Foltz of Colts Neck (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Over 28 games, Foltz (15.7 ppg., 24 3-pointers) was held to less than 10 points on just three occasions. Her activity off the ball and ability to catch and release off screens opened chances to release a honed jumper with deadly accuracy. One of the more consistent finishers in the Shore, Foltz hung a season-high 28 on Toms River North in a 53-48 victory on Feb. 22 and finished the year by scoring no less than 14 points over the final 10 games, a stretch in which the Cougars went 8-2.

Isla Brennan, Middletown South

Senior Guard 5-7

Isla Brennan of Middletown South (Photo by Paula Lopez)

A wise and dedicated floor leader, the four-year staple for the Eagles wrapped up her career by helping Middletown South to the Central Jersey, Group 4 sectional crown. She dropped in 15 to help secure an 80-77 overtime win against Marlboro in the title game, one that landed her father Tom his 400th career victory, and backed that by sticking five 3-pointers and netting her 1,000th point as the Eagles clawed back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to briefly claim the lead before ultimately bowing to Lenape, 51-47, in the Group 4 semifinals. Brennan provided 9.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.1 steals a game.

Sarah Karpell, St. John Vianney

Senior Guard 5-8

Sarah Karpell of St. John Vianney (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The Fordham recruit was a fixture on the point for the Lady Lancers over the last four years, engineering an outfit that went 102-13 during her time in the program. Her modest numbers (7.7 ppg., 2.5 apg., 1.7 spg., 28 3-pointers) played to an unassuming personality willing to exchange notoriety for team success. A fierce defender, Karpell was the first to greet counterparts across the timeline, setting the tenor for a defense that surrendered a mere 34 points a contest.

Kayla Richardson, Middletown South

Junior Guard/Forward 5-9

Kayla Richardson of Middletown South (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Richardson was relentless, a point emphasized in the Central Jersey, Group 4 final when she deposited all of her 23 points after intermission to fuel an 80-77 overtime win against Marlboro. Her steely concentration around the basket enabled her to lock in on the target and strike amid the traffic and physical confrontations associated with working the interior. Her work on the glass, heady distribution and diversity to defend multiple positions made Richardson an invaluable asset for Middletown South.

Dakota Adams, Manchester

Senior Forward 5-10

Dakota Adams of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Willing to take on a lot of the dirty work in the paint, Adams was an unsung hero for the Hawks. Her rugged style on the boards earned plenty of rewards (6.6 rpg.) while her mid-range game gave Manchester an option in the high post worth exploring. Adams, who is off to Bridgeport, served as veteran voice of reason who exemplified the importance diversity by delivering 9.9 points, 2.0 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 assists for the Group 2 state champion. She picked up one of her three double-doubles in the state final, ending with 10 points and 10 boards as the Hawks topped Lincoln, 65-48.

Sophia Sabino, Red Bank Catholic

Sophomore Guard 5-9

Sophia Sabino of Red Bank Catholic (Photo by Paula Lopez)


To get a true sense of how important Sabino was to the young Caseys, look past her numbers and measure her hustle and intellect. In her first full season on the point, she consistently made smart decisions, whether getting the ball to a teammate for a high-percentage look or taking care of buckets herself by scoring 10.4 a game. She connected on four of the 36-3-pointers she accumulated over the season while pouring in a season-best 24 points during a 71-51 triumph over Xaverian (NY).


Kristina Donza and Dani Evans, Jackson Memorial; Caitlin Wingertzahn, Trinity Hall; Khoryn Bannis, Matawan, Meghan Murray, Red Bank; Cortland McBarron, Rumson-Fair Haven; Kamryn Lister and Jordyn Madigan, Toms River East; Carleigh Burns, Point Beach; Anyssa Fields, Long Branch; Sammy Jay, Marlboro; Paige Slaven, Donovan Catholic; Jada Baker, Barnegat; Justine Pissott and Julia Setaro, Red Bank Catholic; Jac Ward, Southern; Hannah Orloff, Freehold Twp., Jessica O’Brien, Howell; Allie Delaney, Point Boro.

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