Girls Basketball NJSIAA Tournament, March 4
NJSIAA Tournament Scoreboard
Wednesday, March 4
9-Jackson Liberty 54, 1-Red Bank 41
The Lions (14-13) sprung the upset of the sectional and wasted no time in making their intentions clear.
Jackson Liberty zipped to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter and held Red Bank (21-7), No. 3 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10, to a mere 13 points in the first half while maintaining a nine-point advantage. The Lions closed out their signature win of the season with a 14-9 effort in the fourth.
Junior guard Maura Carney poured in 23 points and senior backcourt partner Kayla Nelson pumped in 16 for Jackson Liberty. Jessica Cannestro, a 6-3 sophomore forward, and 5-5 freshman guard Ariana Broughton instilled will on the glass with 11 and 12 rebounds, respectively as the Lions owned a telling 36-21 edge on the boards.
Junior guard Chloe Teter topped the Bucs with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and six steals while senior guard Taylor Crystian scored nine.
4-Neptune 60, 5-Allentown 31
Senior forward Macy Brackett recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Neptune (17-9), which built a 29-18 cushion by halftime.
The Scarlet Fliers also got solid efforts from its sophomore backcourt combination. Ahjanae Young flipped in 18 points and Amaya Evans added 15 as well as five steals and four rebounds.
3-Burlington Twp 41.,6-Colts Neck 33
Colts Neck (16-10), which trailed, 21-13, at the half, closed the gap to 28-24 heading into the fourth but couldn't get over the hump.
Junior Chance Gagliarid had a team-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds, senior guard Camryn Foltz ended her stellar four-year run for the Cougars with eight points and nine boards and junior guard Jess Thesing netted seven.
4-Point Beach 60, 5-Florence 48
Junior guard Allison House clicked for 19 points to lead four players in double figures for the Garnet Gulls (19-7), who erased an 11-9 deficit fashioning a 42-24 outburst over the second and third quarters to open a 51-35 divide.
Freshman guard Jada Clayton pitched in with 14 points, junior forward Cassidy Burns was good for 11 and sophomore Hannah Hensler added 10 for Point Beach.
3-Toms River East 48, 6-Central 43
The Raiders (20-7) used a 14-4 uprising in the fourth to overcome 39-34 deficit and top A South foe Central (15-12) for a third time this season.
Senior forward Emily Maire continued to strong play down the stretch for Toms River East, pumping in 22 points while senior guard Jordyn Madigan netted nine and junior forward Natalie Dudar scored eight.
Sophomore forward Kayla Krzyzkowski had 12 points to top Central, which received nine points from senior guard Mercedes Corbin and seven out of junior swing Jadelynn Smith.
South Jersey, Non-Public A
5-St. Rose 77, 12-Immaculata 38
The defending champion Purple Roses (20-7) backed a 23-12 start with an 18-2 showing in the second quarter to establish a 41-14 halftime cushion.
Senior guard Brynn Farrell headlined four players in double figures for St. Rose with 16 points. Senior forward Makayla Andrews pitched in with 15 points and seven boards, junior point guard Abby Antognoli delivered 14 and junior forward Niaisya Ervin had 12.
7-Mount St. Mary 57, 10-Donovan Catholic 34
The Griffins (18-9) suffered the consequences of a 13-0 showing by Mount St. Mary (21-6) in the second quarter that staked the host to a 30-9 lead at th break.
Donovan Catholic, which used a 14-7 effort in the third to narrow the gap to 37-23, got 15 points from junior guard Jordyn Keating while senior swing Karolina Jaruseviciute ended with seven points.