Girls Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 27)

NJSIAA STATE TOURNAMENT
Sectional Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, February 28

Central Jersey
Group 3

1-Colts Neck 42, 9-Middletown North 36 - Check out full game story & highlights

Junior guard Camryn Foltz deposited 12 of her 16 points in the first half and senior forward Catherine Gibson scored all but two of her 10 points following intermission to push the Cougars (19-7) past gritty Middletown North.

A 3-pointer by Foltz with 37 seconds left in the first half staked Colts Neck to its largest lead, 21-12, but the Cougars could never completely shake the Lions.

Down, 34-26, at the outset of the fourth, Middletown North whittled the deficit to 37-34 following a pair of free throws from senior guard Melissa Golembieski with 1:18 left to play. However, sophomore guard Jess Theising countered with a pair of foul shots and senior forward Eva Gibson converted another to go with a game-sealing layup in the waning seconds.

Junior guard Hayley Stratton led Middletown North (14-14), which split with Colts Neck in the regular season, with 13 points, sophomore guard Victoria Palladino had 11 and Golembieski added eight, going 6 for 6 from the charity stripe.

Colts Neck will host fourth-seeded Red Bank, a team it defeated twice in the regular season, on Saturday in the sectional semifinals.

4-Red Bank 40, 5-Steinert 30

Red Bank (20-8) used a 22-9 surge in the second quarter to assume 29-17 halftime lead.

Senior guard Meghan Murray dropped in 16 points and sophomore guard Caitlyn Decker backed eight points with eight rebounds for the Bucs, who will travel to top-seeded Colts Neck on Saturday for the sectional semifinals, seeking to avenge a pair of regular-season setbacks dealt by the Cougars in the B North.

Sophomore guard Chloe Teter chipped in with six points and sophomore guard Amelia Medolla collected five points and six boards.

Group 1

6-Point Beach 82, 3-Piscataway Tech 34

Senior guard Carleigh Burns erupted for a career-high 33 points, fueled by 13 field goals, including three 3-pointers, as the Garnet Gulls (19-7) sprung the decisive upset.

The Beach established a 21-6 cushion after one quarter, extended the lead to 40-20 by halftime and punctuated the outcome with a 32-14 showing in the second half.

Sophomore guard Allison House flipped in a season-best 17 points and her senior sister Madelyn accounted for eight.

Up next for Point Beach, a trip to second-seeded Middlesex for the semifinals on Saturday.

2-Middlesex 61, 7-Keyport 52

Keyport (15-10) grabbed a 14-8 advantage in the first quarter, countered by a 17-8 effort by Middlesex in the second that staked the Blue Jays to a 25-22 lead.

Senior swing Giana Piccini pumped in 23 points, senior guard Alexis Breen connectd on three jumpers from beyond the arc to finish with 17 and senior guard Shannan Devlin added 12 for the Red Raiders.

South Jersey
Group 3

2-Ocean City 50, 7-Lacey 34

Ocean City darted out to a 17-4 lead to put the Lions (9-16) in a hole too great to overcome. Danielle Donoghue clicked for 17 points for the Raiders (22-6), who will host Toms River East in the semifinals on Saturday.

Senior guard Allie Toth finished with 15 points and backcourt classmate Hayley Ocskasy netted 12 for Lacey.

3-Toms River East 53, 6-Toms River South 37

Senior guard Kamryn Lister pumped in 20 points, including a pair of threes, and junior forward Emily Maire dropped in 10 as Toms River East (20-7) outscored Toms River South, 46-30, over the final three periods.

Senior guard Adriana Hart knocked down two triples en route to nine points for the Raiders, who will face second-seeded Ocean City in the semifinals on Saturday.

Junior guard Madison Braun topped Toms River South (12-15) with 11 points and senior forward Shiloh Williams scored seven of her nine points at the foul line.

Non-Public A

1-St. Rose 62, 8-Notre Dame 54

The Purple Roses (24-2), who trailed, 45-35, entering the fourth quarter, outscored Notre Dame, 27-9, over the closing eight minute to rally for the victory.

Senior guard Lauren Lithgow was the late-game catalyst, scoring 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter. Junior guard Brynn Farrell totaled 21 in the triumph.

2-St. John Vianney 59, 7-Red Bank Catholic 32

Freshman guard Madison St. Rose pumped in 17 points and senior guard Rahmena Henderson scored 11 to fuel the Lady Lancers (22-3).

St. John Vianney used a 16-0 start to set the tone for the evening and benefited nine points from both senior forward Brelynn Bellamy and sophomore guard Katie Hill. Bellamy added a team-high eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Sophia Sabino topped Red Bank Catholic (19-9) with 13 points and senior guard Julia Setaro had nine on the strength of three 3-pointers.

3-Bishop Ahr 49, 6-Donovan Catholic 44

The Griffins (21-7) fought to the finish, wiping out a seven-point deficit at the half to grab a brief lead in the fourth before eventually bowing to Bishop Ahr.

Sophomore guard Jordyn Keating topped Donovan Catholic with 13 points, junior guard Paige Slaven had 11 and 6-0 junior swing Karolina Jarusevicute ended with nine.

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