GIRLS BASKETBALL NJSIAA SCOREBOARD, FEB. 26
Sectional First Round
North Jersey, Section 2
5-Middletown North 53, 12-Gov. Livingston 40
Caleigh McAnuff pumped in 21 points, fueled by five 3-pointers that matched her season high, and Kiera Williams totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Lions (15-10).
7-Red Bank 52, 10-Cranford 31
Meghan Murray flipped in 17 points and Caitlyn Decker scored 14 for the Bucs (16-11), who extended their win streak to four. Red Bank opened a 29-19 cushion by intermission and widened the gap to 42-27 after three quarters.
Red Bank's stout defense limited Cranford senior Camryn Wichelns (15.4 ppg.) to one field goal and three points. Next up for the Bucs, a trip to second-seeded Chatham, the reigning Morris County Tournament champion, which topped 15th-seeded Ferris, 73-19.
Bridget Tobin supplied 12 points for Red Bank.
1-Ewing 86, 16-Jackson Liberty 25
Maura Carney scored a team-high nine points for Jackson Liberty (6-19), which fell behind defending sectional champion Ewing (22-5), 19-3, after one quarter. Carney collected five rebounds and two steals while teammate Kayla Nelson finished with six points and two assists.
8-Wall 53, 9-Moorestown 36
Senior guard Lauren Karabin pumped in 23 points to go with eight steals and sophomore guard Nikki Russo netted 13 to pace the Crimson Knights (10-16). Karabin clicked for 16 in the first half when Wall built a 33-20 advantage, a lead it extended to 42-22 heading into the final quarter.
Senior forward Tara Casuccio picked up nine points, six rebounds and four steals in the win, which was triggered by a 20-9 showing in the first quarter. Wall will travel to top-seeded and defending sectional champion Ewing on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round.
3-Steinert 62, 14-Brick 34
Angelina Jones buried five triples and totaled a game-high 19 points for Brick (8-19), which fell behind, 35-11, by halftime. Tatiana Dorner topped Steinert (20-6) with 17 points and Natalie Mehl scored 12.
6-Neptune 46, 11-Nottingham 40
Sophomore forward Makayla Andrews collected 19 points, 11 boards and three blocks while senior guard Taylor Gardner had nine points and two steals to pace the Scarlet Fliers (13-11) to their third straight victory.
Neptune countered an 18-16 halftime deficit with a 16-8 uprising in the third quarter. Macy Brackett chipped in with seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Andrews finished 7 of 15 from the field.
8-Point Pleasant Beach 70, 9-Perth Amboy Tech 27
4-Keyport 48, 13-New Egypt 44
Shannan Devlin worked both ends of the floor for the Red Raiders (12-11), picking up 21 points and 10 steals. Keyport built a 32-19 lead by halftime and weathered a 13-6 rush by New Egypt in the fourth quarter.
Alexis Breen had 14 points and cleared seven boards while Giana Piccini posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Keyport will host fifth-seeded Riverside, a 75-24 winner over Somerset Tech, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
6-Shore 69, 11-Burlington City 48
2-Middlesex 58, 15-Asbury Park 27
South Jersey Group 3
4-Toms River East 46, 13-Timber Creek 44 Trailing, 31-28, through three quarters, the Raiders (17-9) rallied with an 18-13 surge over the closing eight minutes. Kamryn Lister topped Toms River East with 15 points and Jordyn Madigan chipped in with 14, including a pair of threes. Lauren Sampson contributed seven points. Lister made significant late contributions to seal the outcome, netting eight points in the fourth, including a bucket and two free throws in the closing moments that helped seal the outcome. Madigan scored six over the final eight minutes.
3-Ocean City 55, 14-Toms River South 31 Emily Donzanti dropped in 17 points and set the single-season scoring mark for Toms River South (11-15) in a losing cause. The senior guard ended the campaign with 493 points and also set a single-season standard for free throws converted with 142.
2-Winslow 71, 15-Lacey 35
Brittany Garner scored 15 points by halftime to power Winslow to a 36-13 advantage.