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SSN Girls Basketball Top 10 - March 2

NJSIAA Tournament Scoreboard

Thursday, March 5

CENTRAL JERSEY

Quarterfinal Round

Group 4

1-Marlboro 58, 9-Trenton 45

Junior point guard Sammy Jay topped the Mustangs (22-5) with 17 points.

Marlboro opened the contest with a 20-9 showing in the first but put distance on Trenton (17-8) in the third, parlaying a 22-4 outburst into a 51-28 lead.

Sophomore guard Dani Schlesinger had 11 points while Jay and Jessica Riepe, who scored six, each hit two 3-pointers for the Stangs. Senior forward Katherine Sanchez got involved for Marlboro with nine points.

4-Montgomery 59, 5-Long Branch 40

The breakthrough season by Long Branch (17-6) came to an end in Skillman as Montgomery (17-10) used a 36-16 performance in the second half to eliminate the Green Wave.

Long Branch jumped out to a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a precarious 24-23 edge at halftime before succumbing after intermission.

Senior guard Anyssa Fields topped Long Branch with 17 points, senior guard Alanna Lynch netted nine and both counted three 3-pointers among their field goals. Senior forward Madison Grayson and junior guard Jada Rogers added six apiece for the Green Wave.

6-Middletown South 56, 3-Freehold Twp. 50

Junior guard Grace Meehan buried three 3-pointers and struck 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as Middletown South (15-10) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second quarter.

Sophomore Bella Orlando canned a three with :23 left in the third that staked Middletown South to its first lead, 38-37, and senior swing Kayla Richardson, who had 14 points, four rebounds and six assists, added a layup to push the advantage to 40-37 heading to the fourth.

Meehan extended that margin with back-to-back triples and capped a 18-5 blitz that bridged the final two periods with her third trey, giving Middletown South a 53-42 gap to work with with 3:30 left to play.

Junior forward Hannah Orloff dropped in 22 points for Freehold Twp. (17-10), including the 1,000th of her career on a turnaround jumper midway through the second quarter. She deposited 13 points in the first half and finished with 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Kaylie Elsbree added 11 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists and blocked shot for the Patriots and her twin sister Tanya chipped in with nine points and six boards.

Group 2

1-Rumson-Fair Haven 53, 8-Shore 48

Senior guard Paige Slaven delivered 20 points six rebounds, five assist and four steals as Rumson-Fair Haven (20-8) withstood a fierce challenge from A Central rival Shore (15-13).

The Bulldogs used an 18-9 second quarter to open a 31-19 cushion only for Shore to respond with a 12-5 effort in the third that closed the maring to 36-31. Freshman guard Rylee Drahos drilled a three in the fourth that got the Blue Devils as close a 46-44 but RFH was able preserve its edge.

Senior guard Sophia Passalaqua hit three triples and totaled 12 points for RFH and senior forward Lucy Adams backed up six points with 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Junior guard Cortland McBarron had nine points, five boards, three assists and four steals and freshman guard Julia Corsentino finished with six points and eight rebounds for the Dawgs.

Junior guard Madison LaRose topped Shore with 17 points and Drahos added 12.

12-Raritan 42, 4-South River 34

The Rockets (10-14) sprung their second upset of the tournament behind a double-double from Lucy Alberici.

The 5-6 junior guard produced 17 points and 12 rebounds while 5-4 sophomore guard Joei Tarrazi clicked for 15 points.

6-Holmdel 54, 3-Hillside 40

Sophomore Abbey Ferguson collected 22 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Hornets (16-11), whose defense limited Hillside (19-5) to 14 points in the first half while building a 15-point advantage.

Olivia Palmer pitched in with eight points, five boards and three steals, Carson Fontana supplied seven points as well as three steals, Leah Nolan picked up six points and six rebounds and Lindsay Cannon finished with six points, four steals and three rebounds for Holmdel.

2-Manasquan 64, 10-Voorhees 41

Sophmore guard Mary Donnelly poured in 20 points to go with eight rebounds and five steals and sophomore swing Georgia Heine was responsible for 13 points, five steals and three assists for defending sectional champion Manasquan (19-10).

The Warriors opened a 37-17 cushion by halftime and widened the gap to 51-27 heading into the final quarter. Sophomore guard Brooke Hollawell and sophomore forward Dorothy Loffredo each supplied nine points Manasquan and junior Allison Waters cleared six boards.

SOUTH JERSEY

Quarterfinal Round

Group 4

14-Shawnee 53, 6-Jackson Memorial 39

An 18-6 burst in the second quarter launched Shawnee (12-15) to a 30-19 lead that the Renegades only built upon in the second half in eliminating Jackson Memorial (23-4).

Junior guard Rachel Capua pumped in 20 points and senior guard Kristina Donza finished off a stellar career for the Jags, one that includes her place as the program's all-time leading scorer, with 13. Senior playmaker Bianca Giordano dished out seven assists while senior guard Ally Vella had eight rebounds and freshman Zoei Maffei grabbed seven for Jackson Memorial, which held a 13-12 lead after the opening period.

2-Lenape 56, 10-Toms River North 34

A 20-6 salvo fashioned by defending sectional champion Lenape (22-6) put Toms River North (17-9) in a hole too deep to recover from. The Mariners narrowed the gap to 27-16 by halftime, but were outscored, 29-18, over the closing 16 minutes.

Sophomore forward Jackie Benvenuto led Toms River North with 11 points. Senior swing Kristina Johnson and freshman guard Julia Grodzicki each scored eight for the Mariners.

Group 2

1-Manchester 74, 8-Delran 37

Junior forward Destiny Adams backed up 21 points with a dozen rebounds and freshman guard Gabriella Ross counted a pair of threes among her 17 points that accompanied five boards and two steals for defending Group 2 state champion Manchester (25-4).

The Hawks zipped out to a 29-6 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back. Sophomore guard Amyah Bray sank two threes and supplied 14 points as well as six rebounds and three assists.

South Jersey, Non-Public B

Quarterfinal Round

3-Rutgers Prep 83, 11-Mater Dei 29

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