Friday, March 1
Sectional Semifinals

Central Jersey
Group 4

1-Middletown South 53, 4-Princeton 31

The Eagles (23-5) raced to a 25-6 halftime lead behind a defense that limited Princeton to 2 of 25 from the field.

Junior swing Kayla Richardson had 17 points and eight rebounds, junior guard Stephanie Mayerhofer hit three 3-pointes on course to 16 points to complement five rebounds and senior point guard Isla Brennan finished with five points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Eagles will host second-seeded Marlboro in the sectional final on Tuesday in Round 4 between the A North foes. Marlboro topped Middletown South, 66-60, in the WOBM Christmas Classic quarterfinals and South repaid the favor with a 68-63 victory on Jan. 7. Marlboro downed the Eagles, 61-49, on Jan 31 en route to winning the A North crown.

2-Marlboro 80, 3-Montgomery 45

Sophomore guard Sammy Jay pumped in 22 points, including three of 11 3-pointers accumulated by Marlboro (23-7), which reached 23 wins for the first time since the '03-'04 cast that featured Chakhia Cole, Brina Pollack, Jenna Gatto and Christie Kastner went 24-4 and reached the Group 4 state final.

After a 21-7 effort in the second quarter gave Marlboro a 36-22 halftime lead, the Stangs broke things wide open with a 32-8 outburst in the third, widening the gap to 68-30.

Senior guard Gisella Romeo had 16 points and freshman guard Dani Schlesinger provided 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jessica Riepe added 11 points.

Group 2

1-Manasquan 64, 4-Voorhees 26


Senior swing Faith Masonius pumped in 22, including a signature reverse layup in the third quarter for the 2,000th point of her career, as the Warriors (21-6) moved a step closer to a sixth consecutive sectional title.

Masonius (2,002 points) became just the 11th member of the 2,000-point club in the history of Shore Conference girls basketball, joining Kelly Hughes of Point Boro (2,560), Patti Delehanty of Shore (2,534), Marina Mabrey of Manasquan/Point Beach (2,526), Audrey Gomez of St. John Vianney (2,231), Christie (Pearce) Rampone of Point Boro (2,190), Dara Mabrey of Manasquan (2,157), Katelynn Flaherty of Manasquan/Point Beach/Metuchen (2,138), Michaela Mabrey of St.John Vianney/Manasquan (2,117), Virginia Sourlis of Rumson-Fair Haven (2,112) and Andrea Ashuck of Middletown South (2,056). She is among an even smaller handful to accentuate her scoring accomplishments with over 1,000 career rebounds (1,085).

Manasquan waste no time establishing control, zipping to a 21-4 lead after one quarter. Senior guard Lola Mullaney pumped in 17 points, freshman guard Brooke Hollawell supplied seven and freshman forward Dorothy Loffredo netted six.

The Warriors will host second-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven on Tuesday in the sectional final, a team it defeated twice in the regular season.

2-Rumson-Fair Haven 56, 3-Gov. Livingston 33

Sophomore guard Cortland McBarron posted a double double to lead four players in double figures for the Bulldogs (19-10), who ran their win streak to four and punched their ticket to the sectional final on Tuesday at top-seeded Manasquan.

McBarron picked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal while sophomore guard Grace Munt finished with 13 points, six boards, four assits and three blocks. Freshman guard Charlie Rosen sank three 3-pointers en route to a career-high 13 points and junior guard Sophia Passalaqua drained three triples while depositing 11.

The Bulldogs will seek revenge for a pair of regular-season losses to Manasquan in A Central. The Warriors won, 50-34, on Dec. 17 and edged RFH, 48-44, in the rematch on Jan. 22.

South Jersey
Group 4

1-Lenape 55, 5-Toms River North 45

Lenape (26-3) used a fast start, zipping to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter to dethrone the defending sectional champion Mariners (21-7).

The loss brought to a close the stellar four-year run of seniors Jenna Paul and Brielle Bisogno, a pair who each finished with over 1,000 points apiece and a combined record of 94-24 over their tenure.

Paul (1,958 points) scored 15 while Bisogno (1,131 points) and junior swing Kristina Johnson added 10 points apiece. Shannon Mulroy led Lenape with 18, half of which were accumulated at the foul line.

Group 2

2-Manchester 77, 3-Haddonfield 57

Senior guard Leilani Correa and sophomore swing Destiny Adams each registered a double-double as the two-time defending champion Hawks (28-2) ran their win streak to 20 and returned to the sectional final.

Correa pumped in 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to go with five assists, five steals and two blocks while Adams collected 17 points, 13 boards, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Junior guard Kemari was equally active, finishing with 19 points, two assists and a pair of steals.

The Hawks seized a 23-12 lead in the first quarter and parlayed a 20-9 burst in the third to open a 61-41 cushion.

Manchester will host the sectonial final on Tuesday against fifth-seeded Middle Twp. which edge top-seeded Sterling, 42-40.

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