First Round
Monday, February 25
Central Jersey
Group 4

1-Middletown South 52, 16-Hightstown 20

Junior swing Kayla Richardson recorded a double double, supporting a game-high 21 points with 10 rebounds as well as four assists, four steals and two blocks for the Eagles (21-5).

Senior point guard Isla Brennan offered nine points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks and senior forward Sam Keenan picked up seven points and five boards for Middletown South.

8-Sayreville 61,  9-Howell 47

Senior guard Jessica O'Brien fired in a game-high 15 points and senior backcourt partner Alexis Post scored 10 in a losing cause for Howell (15-10).

4-Princeton 49, 13-Long Branch 34

Sol Margaret Navarro hit five 3-pointers and totaled 17 points for Long Branch (9-11).

7-Hillsborough 54, 10-Freehold Twp. 42

Sophomore center Hannah Orloff finished with 15 points while

2-Marlboro 95, 15-West Windsor-Plainsboro South 34

The Mustangs (21-7) matched their season high by burying 17 3-pointers. Junior guard Sam Nocco led the perimeter assault with four treys en route to 14 points

Senior guard Gisella Romeo counted three among her 23 points and sophomore guard Sammy Jay drilled a trio of triples in netting 15.

Marlboro built a 24-6 advantage after one quarter, then exploded for 39 in the second to build up a 63-13 cushion by intermission.

Group 2

1-Manasquan 90, 16-Metuchen 35

Senior guard Lola Mullaney sank five 3-pointers on her way to 29 points and senior swing Faith Masonius pumped in 26 as the Warriors (19-6) took their first step toward a sixth straight sectional title.

Manasquan dictated the terms from the outset, flying to a 33-13 lead in the first quarter. Freshman guard Brooke Hollawell addd nine points for the Warriors.

4-Voorhees 52, 13-Shore 39

7-Holmdel 60, Raritan 55

The Hornets avenged a pair of regular-season losses to their A Central rivals, using a 19-8 showing in the second quarter to open a 36-21 gap.

Junior guard Carson Fontana pumped in a season-high 20, junior forward Leah Nolan dropped in 13 and sophomore forward Ryann Taylor scored 10.

Sophomore forward Lucy Alberici led Raritan (12-13) with 18 points.

2-Rumson-Fair Haven 68, 15-Delaware Valley 29

Sophomore guard Cortland McBarron collected 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a steal to pace the Bulldogs (17-10), who opened 33-9 halftime lead on the strength of a 21-5 outburst in the second quarter.

Maggie Ryan finished with nine points, Grace Munt supplied eight points and four steals and Charlie Rosen had seven points and four assists.

South Jersey

Group 4

5-Toms River North 82, 12-Vineland 49

Senior forward Jenna Paul dominated with 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Mariners (20-6), the defending sectional champion.

Senior point guard Brielle Bisogno was responsible for 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals while junior swing Kristina Johnson and freshman guard Sydney Howell each netted nine points for North, which jumped out to a 19-9 lead and outscored Vineland, 51-25, in the second half.

10-Jackson Memorial 50, 7-Atlantic City 44

Sophomore guard Rachel Capua struck for 21 points, junior guard Kristina Donza had 15 points and eight boards and senior forward Dani Evans cleared 10 rebounds to go with her seven points for the Jaguars (19-7).

2-Cherokee 55, 15-Southern 21

Junior forward Kaela Curtin had a team-high 11 points for Southern (12-15), which fell behind, 14-1 in the first quarter and trailed, 29-5, at the break.

Group 2

5-Middle Twp., 66, 5-Middle Twp.32

6-Collingswood 38, 11-Barnegat 35

Senior forward Jada Baker had 12 points and freshman swing Kya Joseph score 10 for the Bengals (12-14), who found themselves leading, 23-22, heading into the fourth quarter.

2-Manchester 71, 15-Pemberton 37

Junior point guard Kemari Reynolds flipped in 10 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the Hawks (26-2) used a sizzling 29-5 start to point the way to their 18th straight victory.

Kemari Reynolds of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Kemari Reynolds of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Reynolds added three assists, two rebounds and steal to the triumph while sophomore swing Destiny Adams and freshman guard Amyah Bray each netted a dozen. Senior guard Leilani Correa and junior guard Nakaleigh Hayes-Jones added nine points apiece.

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