NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional First Round

Central Jersey

Group 4

4-Marlboro 76, 13-Freehold Twp. 42

Jess Broad (17 points) and Samantha Nocco (14 points) each drilled four 3-pointers to lead a perimeter barrage by the Mustangs (18-8) that piled up 12 triples in the contest.

Sammy Jay was responsible for three treys and 15 points for Marlboro, which used an explosive 44-17 display in the first half to top A North rival Freehold Twp. (10-18) for a third time this season.

3-Colts Neck 58, 14-Long Branch 39

Sophomore Camyrn Foltz netted 13 points and senior Cara Volpe scored 12 for the Cougars (19-7), who raced to a 25-10 lead in the first half. Catherine Gibson hit a pair of 3-pointers on her way to scoring nine and Teresa Marsh tacked on seven in the victory.

Anyssa Fields topped Long Branch (11-13) with 15 points and Angelique Gathers added 11.

6-Middletown South 58, 11-Edison 46

Middletown South (12-12) overcame a 29-22 halftim deficit by socking Edison with a 21-7 burst in the third to seize a 43-36 advantage. Isla Brennan topped Middletown South with 19 points, complemented by four rebounds, five assists and four steals while Stephanie Mayerhofer offered 11 points and seven rebounds.

Eve Pirie helped Middletown South to a 33-22 edge on the glass with eight boards and the Eagles offset nine 3-pointers by Edison with nine of their own, with Brennan sinking four and Mayerhofer draining three. Kayla Richardson had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for South.

Group 2

1-Manasquan 79, 16-Bordentown 26

Junior Faith Masonius posted a triple-double, collecting 17 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as the Warriors (25-2) ran their win streak to 14 while opening defense of their Group 2 state title. Masonius was also an active participant in Manasquan's defense, gathering eight steals. Senior Dara Mabrey dropped in 21, including three 3-pointers, and handed out five assists and junior Lola Mullaney totaled 13 points and 11 boards.

Manasquan used a 27-4 outburst in the second quarter to build a 44-10 advantage. Senior Carly Geissler netted seven points, classmate Emma McMenaman cleared six rebounds and freshman Allison Waters scored 11 off the bench. knocking down a trio of threes.

8-Matawan 50, 9-Hillside 31

The Huskies (10-13) complemented tight defense with balanced scoring to advance. Megan Groh flipped in 11 to lead the way for Matawan, which outscored Hillside, 30-14, in the second half.

Aniyah Moore scored 10 and cleaned six rebounds while Khoryn Bannis amassed eight points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.

4-Holmdel 62, 13-Carteret 41

Leah Nolan netted 13 points while Carson Fontana scored 11 to help Holmdel (15-9) topple Carteret.

Jenna Stolker scored nine onf three 3-pointers and Kathleen Antonakakis knocked down a pair of from beyond the arc to finish with seven points. The Hornets collected 10 treys.

3-Rumson-Fair Haven 68, 14-Robbinsville 35

Senior guard Mikaela McGarvey, who announced her commitment to Muhlenberg, drained four 3-pointers en route to netting 15 points in sparking the Bulldogs (16-10), which thrived from a balanced scoring performance in the absence of injured senior guard Tori Hyduke.

Phoebe Spernal scored 11, Lucy Adams netted 10, rejected four shots and gripped five rebounds, Cortland McBarron had eight and Grace Munt seven for Rumson-Fair Haven.

10-Johnson 58, 7-Raritan 54

South Jersey

Group 4

4-Jackson Memorial 54, 13-Atlantic Tech 27

Keyed by a 19-2 start, the Jaguars (20-3) opened a 34-8 cushion by halftime. Rachel Capua had an all-around strong showing for Jackson Memorial, accumulating 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals while Kristina Donza led the Jags with 15 points.

Dani Evans provided 10 points, four boards and a pair of assists in the victory. Capua, Donza and Bianca Giordano (eight points, six assists) each buried a pair of 3-pointers.

3-Toms River North 64, 14-Atlantic City 49

Junior guard Brielle Bisogno poured in 25 points and junior swing Jenna Paul supplied 19 points, four rebounds and three assists to the Mariners (24-3). Senior forward Amanda Johnson chipped in with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

Bisogno accounted for four of the six 3-pointers sank by Toms River North, which opened a 31-17 halftime lead on the strength of a 21-13 surge in the second quarter.

7-Shawnee 47, 10-Southern  40

Lauren Cruse picked up 15 points and four rebounds, Jacqueline Ward dropped in 11 and Mikayla Nicolini ended with seven points, six rebounds and four assists for the Rams (17-10), who entered the fourth quarter with a 35-32 lead.

15-Brick Memorial 49, 2-Kingsway 43

The Mustangs (14-12) fashioned a  21-2 tear over the final eight minutes that erased a 41-28 deficit and countered a 19-2 burst by Kingsway in the third quarter to stamp the first-round upset.

Shaunna Bruker sank a team-high 16 points and Cassandra Ball tacked on 13 in the victory.

Group 2

1-Manchester 70, 16-Point Pleasant Boro 21

Freshman Destiny Adams had 15 points and five rebounds, senior Asha Harper backed seven boards with a dozen points and junior Dakota Adams collected 10 points and eight rebounds as Manchester (23-4) opened defense of its sectional title by landing coach Dave Beauchemin his 100th career win in his seventh season piloting the Hawks.

7-Barnegat 56, 10-Willingboro 45

The Bengals (17-9) got a spark from Shannon McCoy, who poured in a game-high 26 points, and Ginalee Erskine, who had a double-double with 13 points and a dozen rebounds.

Down, 25-23, at the half, Barnegat assumed a 38-34 edge with a 15-9 showing in the third. Jada Baker totaled six points, nine rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks for the Bengals.

Non-Public B

South Jersey

8-Moorestown Friends 63, 9-Mater Dei 40

Sophomore Isabella Runyon poured in 33 points to lead Moorestown Friends (18-5), which parlayed a 21-5 second quarter into a 34-14 lead by halftime.

Katherine Zoda connected on four 3-pointers and ended with 22 points for Mater Dei (14-11) while her sister Valerie sank three triples and scored nine for the Seraphs.

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