Girls Basketball – Opening Night Scoreboard
Friday, December 14
Class A North
Howell 50, Freehold Twp. 45
Sophomore Caitlin Gresko and Grace Leary pumped in 17 apiece to spark the Rebels (1-0, 1-0), who used an 18-11 surge in the second quarter to gain a 32-27 lead by intermission.
Gresko canned three 3-pointers while sophomore swing Mackenzie Bruno chipped in with eight points, eight rebounds and three steals for Howell. Freehold Township (0-1, 0-1) got 15 points from sophomore center Hannah Orloff and sophomore forward Lindsay Lloyd flipped in 14. The Patriots seized a 16-14 advantage in the opening quarter.
Long Branch 41, Freehold Boro 27
Anyssa Fields powered the Green Wave (1-0, 1-0). The 6-0 junior swing complemented 21 points with 14 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and a pair of assists.
Long Branch set the tone from the outset, racing to a 19-2 advantage in the first quarter. Sophomore guard Jada Rogers finished with eight points and seven boards while junior guard Alanna Lynch netted eight.
Middletown South 51, Manalapan 32
Samantha Keenan and Kayla Richardson each scored 12 and combined for 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals to fuel Middletown South (1-0, 1-0). The Eagles used a 20-7 blitz in the second quarter to open a 32-12 cushion.
Senior forward Eve Pirie dropped in 10 points to go with six boards and three blocked shots and senior point guard Isla Brennan collected nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
Senoir point guard Lauren Thomas led Manalapan (0-1, 0-1) with nine points.
Class A Central
St. Rose 69, Holmdel 26
Junior Brynn Farrell, a transfer from Metuchen, made her debut for the Purple Roses in style, clicking for 24 points. Sophomore guard Abby Antognoli added 13 and senior guard Lauren Lithgow finished with nine.
Manasquan 78, Raritan 41
The Warriors (1-0, 1-0) opened defense of their NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crown with stirring efforts from marquee seniors.
Guard Lola Mullaney, who is heading to Harvard, drained seven 3-pointers and exploded for 32 points while Maryland-bound guard Faith Masonius had 24 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
Manasquan parlayed a 21-3 outburst in the second quarter to construct a 41-13 halftime lead. Kate Leturgez, a 5-10 junior swing who transferred from Point Boro, introduced herself to the Warrior faithful with 12 points and nine boards.
Senor guard Jordan Hyman scored 12 for Raritan (0-1, 0-1).
Red Bank Catholic 73, Shore 27
Ally Carman, an imposing 6-4 freshman center, debuted with a bang, dropping in 20 points for the Caseys (1-0, 1-0). Classmate Julia Pissott finished with 13 and sophomore Sophia Sabino contributed 10 for Red Bank Catholic, which led, 30-14, at the half and outscored Shore (0-1, 0-1), 43-13, after the break.
Sophomore guard Madison LaRosa topped Shore with 13 points.
Rumson-Fair Haven 63, Monmouth 14
Lucy Adams, a 6-1 junior forward, paced a balanced performance by the Dawgs (1-0, 1-0) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Sophia Passalaqua added 10, freshman Grace Collucci scored nine and sophomore Cortland McBarron finished with eight.
Class A South
Toms River South 38, Southern 31
The Indians (1-0, 1-0) rallied from a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter with a spirited second-half comeback.
Trailing, 21-8, at the half, Toms River South used an 11-2 burst in the third to close the gap to 23-19 before closing with a 19-8 rush over the final eight minutes. Shiloh Williams, a 6-0 senior forward, backed eight points by ripping down 20 rebounds and senior guard Ashley Pataky paced a balanced offensive showing by the Indians with11 points.
Junior Sam Del Rio dropped in 17 for Southern (0-1, 0-1).
Central 57, Brick Memorial 50
Junior guard Mercedes Corbin erupted for 27 points as Central (1-0, 1-0) climbed out of a 13-8 hole in the first quarter by outscoring Brick Memorial (0-1, 0-1), 49-37, over the balance of the contest.
Sophomore guard Allison Bentley ended with 10 points in the triumph. Junior guard Jenna Schiessl poured in 19 points and senior backcourt partner Angel Hernandez added 12 for the Mustangs.
Jackson Memorial 85, Brick 32
The Jags (1-0, 1-0) rode the sizzling hot hand of 5-9 junior guard Kristina Donza, who detonated for a career-high 37 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Senior swing Dani Evans had 14 points and sophomore guard Rachel Capua scored 11. Junior guard Bianca Giordano collected six points and seven assists.
Toms River North 37, Toms River East 27
Senior point guard Brielle Bisogno put in a game-high 18 points to steer Toms River North (1-0, 1-0), which raced to a 12-0 and led wire to wire.
The Mariners limited their crosstown rival to just two field goals in the first half en route to fashioning a 19-13 lead. Junior swing Kristina Johnson hit a pair of threes and finished with eight points and senior forward Jenna Paul grabbed 13 rebonds, rejected four shots and scored six in the triumph.
Senior guard Adriana Hart topped Toms River East (0-1, 0-1) with six points.
Class B North
Neptune 46, Matawan 23
Junior forward Macy Brackett had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals to complement the rousing debuts of freshmen guards Ahjanae Young and Amaya Evans for Neptune (1-0, 1-0).
Young picked up 10 points, seven boards and four steals while Evans amassed 12 points, eight rebounds and two steals for the Scarlet Fliers, whose fierce defense neutralized Matawan's size advantage. Gianna Aiello, a 6-3 sophomore forward, led the Huskies with six points.
Red Bank 73, Wall 46
Sophomore guard Chloe Teter delivered 17 points to lead four players in double figures for Red Bank (1-0, 1-0); The Bucs shined from behind the arc, connecting on 10 3-pointers.
Teter accounted for three and sophomore guard Mia Strand drilled four on her way to scoring 12. Senior guard Meghan Murray collected 16 points and sophomore guard Caitlyn Decker scored 15.
Junior guard Abby Nonnenberg (14 points, 11 rebounds) and senior forward Kristen Campbell (12 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded a double-double for Wall (0-1, 0-1). Freshman guard Lauren Lacey totaled 11 points, five steals, five assists and four rebounds for the Crimson Knights, who trailed, 34-22, at the half.
St. John Vianney 77, Middletown North 22
Class B Central
Mater Dei 60, Henry Hudson 22
Keyport 75, Asbury Park 34
Fueled by the senior backcourt combination of Alexis Breen and Shannan Devlin, the Red Raiders (1-0, 1-0) stormed to a season-opening victory.
Devlin poured in 23 points and Devlin struck for 21. Senior forward Alegeria Kelley chipped in with 14.
Point Beach 56, Keansburg 29
Senior guard Carleigh Burns pumped in 22 points and classmate McKayla Hughes ended with 11 for the Garnet Gulls (1-0, 1-0), who zipped to a 26-2 advantage in the opening eight minutes.
Senior guard Alyssa Castera paced Keansburg (0-1, 0-1) with a team-high 14.
Class B South
Barnegat 47, Lakewood 22
Freshman swing Kya Joseph poured in 17 points, cleared seven boards and had three steals for the Bengals (1-0, 1-0). Senior forward Jada Baker supplied eight points and 11 rebounds for Barnegat, which led, 24-9, at the half.
Manchester 81, Lacey 34
Senior guard Leilani Correa, a West Virginia commit who transferred from Rutgers Prep, led five Hawks in double figures with 19 points to complement four rebounds and five steals.
Junior point guard Kemari Reynolds backed 14 points with six assists, senior forward Dakota Adams picked up 13 points, seven boards, three steals and two blocks, sophomore swing Destiny Adams finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and pair of steals and freshman Myah Hourigan debuted with 10 points and three boards.
Sarah Zimmerman topped Lacey (0-1, 0-1) with nine points.
Manchester came out flying, opening a 21-4 cushion in the first quarter and led, 48-13, by halftime.
Point Boro 36, Jackson Liberty 28
The Panthers (1-0, 1-0) cashed in on their opportunities at the foul line, sinking 20 of 25 free throws.
Allie Delaney had 11 points for Point Boro while Lila Shaver netted nine and Morgan Woods scored eight.
Donovan Catholic 26, Pinelands 16
Powered by an 11-2 showing in the third quarter, Donovan Catholic (1-0, 1-0) put some distance between it and Pinelands (0-1, 0-1) by buidling a 22-10 lead.
Sophomore guard Jordyn Keating supplied a team-high six points and nine rebounds for the Griffins and senior forward Nalah Tinsley gripped eight boards. Junior forward Jayda Kearney had five points and six rebounds.
Marlboro 89, Trinity Hall 48
Senior guard Gisella Romeo flipped in 16 points to lead five players in double figures for Marlboro (1-0).
Sophomore guard Sammy Jay scored 13, sophomore forward Jessica Riepe and freshman guard Danielle Schlesinger had 12 apiece and junior guard Sam Nocco hit three triples on her way to netting 10 points.
Senior guard Colleen Cusat led Trinity Hall (0-1) with 15 points.