GIRLS BASKETBALL NJSIAA SCOREBOARD, MARCH 1
4-Marlboro 60, 12-Princeton 41
Senior Jess Broad and junior Gisella Romeo put together complete performances to power the Mustangs (18-8).
Broad compiled a game-high 22 points - fueled by four 3-pointers - as well as eight rebounds, six steals and three assists. Romeo complemented those numbers with a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 steals to go with eight boards and three assists.
Marlboro opened a 20-12 lead at the half and gradually expanded the cushion over the final two quarters. Sammy Jay chipped in with five assists.
3-Colts Neck 49, 6-Middletown South 44 - Check game story and highlights
Senior swing Cara Volpe was a steady offensive force for the Cougars (20-7), pumping in a career-high 22 points as Colts Neck staved off a late fourth-quarter surge by the Eagles (12-13).
The Cougars opened their largest lead, 37-25, with 6:45 to play before being outscored by Middletown South, 19-7, over the ensuing six minutes in an outburst that forged a 44-44 deadlock with 48.3 seconds showing in regulation.
Volpe snapped the tie with a free throw with 35.8 seconds remaining and the Cougars converted 5 of 8 from the line in the closing increments to seal the outcome.
Eve Pirie topped Middletown South with 12 points and nine rebounds and Kayla Richardson had nine points. Isla Brennan added five points, five boards, two assists and two steals.
1-Manasquan 79, 8-Matawan 23
Dara Mabrey pumped in 29 points with her last bucket - a 3-pointer - giving the senior guard exactly 2,000 for her career, as the defending champion Warriors (26-2) cruised past Matawan.
Mabrey joins her older siblings Michaela (2,117) and Marina (2,526 points) as the only sisters in New Jersey history to reach the plateau. Manasquan ran off an incredible string of 45 unanswered points, including a 26-0 masterpiece in the second quarter, in building a 73-17 lead through three quarters.
Junior guard Lola Mullaney clicked for 21 points and junior swing Faith Masonius netted 16. The Warriors will host fourth-seeded Holmdel on Saturday in the semifinals.
4-Holmdel 64, 12-South River 42
Kathleen Antonakakis drilled four 3-pointers and finished with a team-best 14 points for the Hornets (17-9). Holmdel raced to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter and widened the margin to 32-19 by halftime.
Leah Nolan, Jenna Stolker and Ryann Taylor all ended with eight points within a balanced offensive showing by Holmdel, which will face Manasquan in the semifinals on Saturday.
3-Rumson-Fair Haven 58, 6-Delaware Valley 49
Senior guard Mikaela McGarvy canned four triples, sank seven free throws and totaled 23 points for the Bulldogs (17-10), who welcomed the return of senior point guard Tori Hyduke. The George Washington commit, who missed the last three games recovering from an ankle injury, supplied six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore Lucy Adams had 13 points, six boards and five blocked shots.
Clinging to a 25-24 lead at the half, RFH outscored Delaware Valley, 33-25, over the closing 16 minutes. Rumson will travel to second-seeded Lincoln on Saturday.
South Jersey Group 4
4-Jackson Memorial 57, 5-Rancocas Valley 50
Behind a 33-20 rush that bridged the second and third quarters, the Jaguars (21-3) opened a 39-30 cushion. Junior Dani Evans was huge for Jackson, backing 21 points with 18 rebounds while freshman Rachel Capua chipped in with 14 points and eight boards.
Sophomore Kristina Donza netted 13 to help Jackson Memorial into the sectional semifinals against top-seeded and defending champion Cherokee.
3-Toms River North 61, 6-Millville 47
The trio of Brielle Bisogno, Amanda Johnson and Jenna Paul helped the Mariners (25-3) wear down Millville. Bisogno, a junior guard, netted 19 points to go with five boards, three assists and two steals while Johnson, a senior forward, collected 17 points. Paul, a junior swing, had 15 points and seven rebounds.
North used a 12-8 second quarter to grab a 22-18 lead and closed out the contest with a 22-15 burst in the fourth. Senior forward Lindsay Cabey cleared a team-high 11 rebounds.
7-Shawnee 73, 15-Brick Memorial 50
Shawnee set a definitive early tone, storming to a 29-6 lead in the opening quarter. Jenna Schiessl led Brick Memorial (14-13) with 14 points and Shaunna Bruker scored 12.
Bruker wrapped up her career as the first player in Brick Memorial history to finish with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
1-Manchester 55, 8-Collingswood 26
Freshman Destiny Adams recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks (24-4) moved one step closer in their defense of the sectional title.
Manchester put the game out of reach with a 28-9 outburst in the third that increased its lead to 50-18. Sophomore Kemari Reynolds provided 13 points and five steals.
7-Barnegat 47, 2-Cinnaminson 46
Trailing, 46-43, with 23.5 seconds to play, the Bengals got a putback from Ginalee Erskine to draw to within one before McCoy's theatrical free throws launched Barnegat into the sectional semifinals.
Erskine ended with nine points.
6-Patrick School 68, 3-Trinity Hall 61 (OT)
The Monarchs (20-5) fought valiantly against the Patrick School (22-6), a perennial state power, which outscored Trinity Hall, 11-4, in overtime.
The Monarchs wiped out a 30-25 halftime deficit and got a monster double-double from senior Bridget Andree, who totaled 22 points (including 14 from the line) and 15 rebounds. Catherine Loder added 10 points and Nicole Ventura had five points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the loss.