GIRLS BASKETBALL NJSIAA SCOREBOARD, MARCH 6
1-Manasquan 67, 2-Lincoln 43
Junior swing Faith Masonius poured in 17 of her team-high 18 points before intermission to power Manasquan (28-2) to a 35-17 cushion en route to its fifth straight Central Jersey, Group 2 title.
Masonius complemented her scoring output with 15 rebounds. Junior guard Lola Mullaney clicked for 18 points, deposited a dozen in the third quarter and senior guard Dara Mabrey scored 13 for Manasquan, which will face South Jersey, Group 2 champion Manchester in a rematch of last year's state semifinal, won by the Warriors, 51-34. Manasquan is seeking its fifth consecutive Group 2 state championship.
3-Toms River North 41, 1-Cherokee 34
Junior Jenna Paul dropped in 14 points, senior Amanda Johnson netted 12 and junior Brielle Bisogno netted 10 as Toms River North captured its first sectional title since 2004 and fourth overall.
The win scored a measure of revenge for the Mariners (27-3), who fell to Cherokee in last year's final, 37-35. Toms River North with tangle with Central Jersey champion Hunterdon Central, which topped Montgomery, 32-26, in the Group 4 state semifinal on Thursday at Timber Creek at 5:30.
Paul accounted for six points in the third quarter when Toms River North built a 30-21 lead. Cherokee (25-3) closed to within 32-30, with 3:30 left in the fourth before the Mariners sealed the outcome with a 9-4 close.
1-Manchester 54, 3-Haddonfield 18
Serenity Anderson, Destiny Adams and Asha Harper opened the contest with consecutive 3-pointers to set the balanced tone that carried the Hawks (26-4) to their second straight South Jersey, Group 2 title.
The Hawks will face defending Group 2 state champion Manasquan a 67-43 winner over Lincoln in the Central Jersey final, on Thursday in the Group 2 state semifinal at Williamstown at 7 p.m. It will be a rematch of last year's state semi, won by Manasquan, 51-34.
Sophomore point guard Kemari Reynolds scored four points in the first quarter when Manchester established a 15-3 cushion. While the offense struck a harmony, the Hawks' defense silenced Haddonfield. After conceding a 3-pointer to Keegan Douglas that tied the game at 3-3, Manchester held the Bulldogs without a field for a span of nearly 15 minutes, a drought that ended Douglas drive with 5:54 left in third. By that time, the Hawks were out to a comfortable 29-10 lead.
Adams, a 6-3 freshman, finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks, two assists and two steals while Reynolds had 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. Harper collected seven points, six rebounds and four assists. The Hawks shot 50 percent from the floor (23 for 46).
Haddonfield (23-6) 03 04 03 08 --- 18
Manchester (26-4) 15 14 17 08 --- 54
Haddonfield: Mary Kelly 0-0-1-1; Keegan Douglas 1-1-2-7; Annie Stanton 0-1-2-5; Wayden Ay 0-0-2-2; Ashley Campo 0-0-0-0; Sasha Feinstein 0-1-0-3; Sophie Khos 0-0-0-0; Hannah Windus 0-0-0-0. Totals: 1-3-7---18.
Manchester: Cara Johnson 0-0-0-0; Nahkaleigh Hayes-Jones 0-0-0-0; Kemari Reynolds 7-0-3-17; Morgan Brustman 0-0-0-0; Destiny Adams 6-1-2-17; Dakota Adams 3-0-0-6; Victoria LaBrecque 0-0-0-0; Serenity Anderson 2-1-0-7; Asha Harper 2-1-0-7. Totals: 20-3-5---54.