Girls Basketball – Clutch Buzzer-Beater Helps Settle Rivalry Playoff Game in Manasquan, NJ
Manasquan junior Brooke Hollawell was unable to finish Tuesday's Shore Conference Playoff Pod A quarterfinal game against Rumson-Fair Haven, but before she came out of the game, she left her mark on her team's 2021 season in the form of a memorable moment.
Hollawell calmly drained a game-tying three-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation and junior Dorothy Loffredo knocked down two game-winning free throws with two seconds left in overtime to give the Warriors - the No. 4 seed in the eight-team "Championship Pod" a thrilling 74-73 win over No. 5 Rumson.
Hollawell finished with 13 points and her night ended when she came down awkwardly on her left leg and was helped off the floor.
Loffredo helped finish off the Bulldogs with four points in overtime, capping her night with a team-high 21 points to lead Manasquan.
Junior Mary Donnelly also poured in 12 points, senior Allison Waters (three three-pointers) scored 11 and junior Georgia Heine chipped in eight for Manasquan.
Sophomore Julia Corsentino led four Rumson players in double-figure scoring with a game-high 22 points, including four of the Bulldogs' seven in overtime. Senior Chase Boyle added 18 points, senior Courtland McBarron pumped in 16 and junior Charley Rosen pitched in 11 for Rumson.
Manasquan advances to Thursday's semifinal round, in which the Warriors will travel to play top-seeded and undefeated St. John Vianney, which has not lost to a team from N.J. in nearly two years (March 5, 2019 to St. Rose).