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SSN Girls Basketball Top 10 - March 2

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CENTRAL JERSEY

Group 2
Sectional Final

2-Manasquan 49, 1-Rumson-Fair Haven 39

Sophomore guard Brooke Hollawell pumped in a team-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Warriors (21-10) upended Rumson-Fair Haven for their seventh consecutive Central Jersey, Group 2 title.

Sophomore swing Georgia Heine collected 10 points and nine rebounds and sophomore forward Dorothy Loffredo had eight points, three rebounds and four assists for Manasquan. Sophomore guard Mary Donnelly chipped in with seven boards, three blocks and four points.

Hollawell sank a pair of threes and accounted for eight points while Heine stuck in two putbacks during a 14-5 tear that staked Manasquan to its largest lead, 33-22, with 2:37 showing in the third. Meanwhile, the Warriors defense held RFH scoreless for over four minutes, the spell snapped by junior Cortland McBarron, who led all scorers with 25, beating the third-quarter buzzer with a layup that drew the Bulldogs to within 33-24.

A driving finish by McBarron with 3:07 to play got Rumson-Fair Haven as close a 40-36, with 3:07 left in the fourth but a hustling Loffredo grabbed an offensive board and kicked out to Hollawell for her fifth and final three, pushing Manasquan to a 43-36 advantage 17 seconds later. The triple was the impetus to a 9-3 closing spurt.

Senior guard Paige Slaven picked up 10 steals to go with eight points and senior forward Lucy Adams cleared 11 rebounds for Rumson-Fair Haven (21-9) in the rubber match between the A Central foes, who split in the regular season.

With the triumph, Manasquan punched its ticket to a fourth straight showdown against Manchester in the state semifinal on Wednesday at Central Regional. Manasquan won the first two on its way to a Group 2 title and Manchester returned the favor by topping the Warriors a year ago en route to its first state crown.

SOUTH JERSEY

Group 2
Sectional final

1-Manchester 52, 3-Middle Twp. 39

The Hawks (27-4), the defending state champion, claimed their fourth straight sectional title behind a monster double-double from junior Destiny Adams.

The 6-3 forward deposited a game-high 21 points to complement her 23 rebounds in flexing her interiot dominance. Senior point guard Kemari Reynolds supplied eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, sophomore guard Amyah Bray had seven points and four rebounds and freshman guard Angelica Velez amassed six points, five boards, four assists and two steals.

Manchester put Middle Township (23-7) in an immediate hole, racing to a 15-5 lead after one quarter.

The win sets up a fourth straight state semifinal encounter against Manasquan on Wednesday at Central Regional.

SOUTH JERSEY

Non-Public A
Semifinal Round

5-St. Rose 50, 1-Red Bank Catholic 44

The defending state champion Purple Roses (22-7) avenged a pair of regular-season setbacks to RBC in A Central play by eliminating the top seed by virtue of an impressive road win.

Senior guard Brynn Farrell picked up 13 points and 14 rebounds for St. Rose, junior guard Abby Antognoli finished with 11 points and nine boards and senior forward Makayla Andrews aded 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior Mauren Stapleton netted nine on three 3-pointers in the victory.

St. Rose owned a 23-21 lead at the half and Red Bank Catholic (22-6) was within 43-40 with 1:42 left in the contest but couldn't get over the hump despite 16 points from sophomore center Ally Carman and 11 by junior guard Justine Pissott. Junior guard Sophia Sabino scored eight for the Caseys.

St. Rose will shoot for its third straight South Jersey title on Wednesday in a rematch with St. John Vianney, which downed the Purple Roses, 70-63, in the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. The two will get reacquainted on Wednesday at Long Branch at 5 p.m.

2-St. John Vianney 50, 6-St. Thomas Aquinas 43

The Lady Lancers (27-1) had the feet to the fire, trailing St. Thomas Aquinas (25-5), 20-15, at the half and 33-31, enterin the fourth. However, St. John Vianney responded with a 19-10 effort over the final eight minutes to claim its place in the sectional final on Wednesday at Long Branch at 5 p.m.

Sophomore guard Madison St. Rose delivered 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots for Vianney while junior guard Katie Hill added 10 points, seven boards, two assists, a block and a steal. Sophomore forward Megan Cahalan pitched in with nine points, nine boards and four blocked shots.

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