Girls Basketball: NJSIAA Scoreboard (Feb. 27)
NJSIAA STATE TOURNAMENT
Sectional Quarterfinal Round
Wednesday, February 27
1-Middletown South 65, 8-Sayreville 47
Junior swing Kayla Richardson poured in 28 points, ripped down 13 rebounds and added three assists, three steals as well as three blocks while senior point guard Isla Brennan picked up 16 points, 10 boards, five assists, four steals and two blocks to pace the Eagles (22-5).
Middletown South assumed a 17-7 lead after one quarter and outscored Sayreville, 39-28, in the second half. Renee Wells chipped in with seven points, four rebounds and two steals and senior forward Eve Pirie had eight points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two assists.
The Eagles host fourth-seeded Princeton in the semifinals on Friday.
2-Marlboro 78, 7-Hillsborough 71
The Mustangs (22-7) rallied from an 11-point deficit with 6:36 left in the fourth to upend Hillsborough (13-13).
Marlboro used a 35-18 comeback over the final eight minutes to erase a 53-43 deficit. Senior guard Gisella Romeo exploded for 29 points, matching her career high, and was responsible for four of the 14 3-pointers hit by the Mustangs. Sophomore guard Sammy Jay canned three on course to 14 points and sophomore forward Jessica Riepe counted two among her 11 points.
The Mustangs will host third-seeded Montgomery on Friday in the sectional semifinal.
1-Manasquan 66, Johnson 21
Senior swing Faith Masonius pumped in 24 points and ripped down a dozen rebounds while senior guard Lola Mullaney supplied 18 points, six boards and three assists to guide the Warriors (20-6).
Senior guard Annie Mako had nine points and freshman guard Brooke Hollawell hit two threes to finish with six for Manasquan, which established a 39-13 lead by intermission.
The Warriors will host the winner of 12th-seeded Newark Collegiate and fourth-seeded Voorhees in the semifinals on Friday, looking to take another step toward a sixth straight sectional title.
2-Rumson-Fair Haven 61, 7-Holmdel 46
Sophomore guard Cortland McBarron posted a double double for the Bulldogs (18-10), balancing 25 points with a dozen rebounds. Freshman guard Grace Colucci canned four 3-pointers on her way a career-high 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Sophomore guard Grace Munt chipped in with nine points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks for Rumson-Fair Haven. Junior guard Sophia Passalaqua contributed eight points.
Junior forward Leah Nolan scored 13 and junior guard Carson Fontana netted 10 for Holmdel (12-14), which suffered its third loss of the season at the hands of RFH.
Rumson will host third-seeded Gov. Livingston, a 47-29 winner over 11th-seeded Spotswood, in the sectional semifinals on Friday.
5-Toms River North 63, 13-Rancocas Valley 33
Senior forward Jenna Paul buried four 3-pointers, totaled 26 points and cleared 10 rebounds while senior point guard Brielle Bisogno sank three treys on course to 24 points to go with seven boards as the Mariners (21-6), the defending sectional champion, outscored Rancocas Valley, 45-21, over the final three quarters.
Junior swing Kristina Johnson delivered six points while freshman guard Faith Wavershak grabbed five rebounds and freshman forward Gia Pissott cleared four boards. Freshman guard Sydney Howell scored five, including one of the eight 3-pointers drilled by the Mariners, who will travel to top-seeded Lenape, which downed ninth-seeded Hammonton, 66-27, on Friday for a semifinal showdown.
2-Cherokee 52, 10-Jackson Memorial 37
The Chiefs (24-4) seized control from the outset, buidling a 14-2 advantage after eight minutes. Katie Fricker, who drilled three 3-pointers, and Ava Therien pumped in 17 apiece to power Cherokee.
Senior forward Dani Evans had 10 points and five rebounds and junior guard Kristina Donza collected nine points, four rebounds and three assists for Jackson Memorial (19-8). Sophomore guard Rachel Capua and junior guard Mackenzie Dakin dropped in seven points each and junior guard Bianca Giordano dished out six assists for the Jaguars.
2-Manchester 78, 7-Oakcrest 61
The two-time defending sectional champion Hawks (27-2) extended their win streak to 19 by blitzing Oakcrest with a 38-5 outburst in the opening quarter.
Senior guard Leilani Correa led four scorers in double figures for Manchester with 17 ponts, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior reserve Nakaleigh Hayes-Jones pumped in 15 points to accompany four rebounds, sophomore swing Destiny Adams had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and blocked shot and senior forward Dakota Adams finished with 12 points, two boards, an assist and a steal. Junior point guard Kemari Reynolds provided six points and four assists.
Manchester built a 73-26 cushion after three quarters. The Hawks will host the survivor of sixth-seeded Collingswood and third-seeded Haddonfield in the semifinal round on Friday.
5-Gill St. Bernard's 53, 12-Mater Dei 28
Caileigh Walsh dropped in a game-high 17 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds, Ella Fajardo scored 16 and Devyn Scott ended with 14 points to lead Gill St. Bernard's (13-11). The Knights fashioned a 19-3 in the first half and closed out the contest with a 17-7 surge in the fourth.
Liz Mauro topped Mater Dei (14-1) with nine points on three 3-pointers and Shelby Barksdale netted eight. Katie Zoda added six points for the Seraphs.
7-Roselle Catholic 46, 10-Trinity Hall 37
Trinity Hall (17-9) trailed, 17-15, at the half before Roselle Catholic (15-9) used a 14-4 burst in the third to open a 31-19 cushion.
Freshman guard Haven Dora finished with 11 points and junior guard Maggie Ward hit a pair of threes en route to scoring 10 in the loss. Senior guard Colleen Cusat ended with seven points.
Senior Jenissa Encarnacion led all scorers with 19 for Roselle Catholic.