Girls Basketball Scoreboard (Jan. 12)
Saturday, January 12
Howell 64, Brick Memorial 35
Howell (8-1) ran its win streak to seven fueled by a fast start. The Rebels unleashed a 21-6 flurry in the opening quarter and expanded on a 34-21 lead by widening the gap to 52-29 through three periods.
Sophomore forward Caitlin Gresko fueled the Rebels with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals and was one of three players to score in double figures. Senior guard Jessica O'Brien had 13 points, five boards, four steals and two assists and sophomore guard Grace Leary netted 10. Sophomore swing Mackenzie Bruno was a presence under the glass, retrieving 10 rebouds to go with eight points.
Junior guard Jordan Viggiano had 12 points for Brick Memorial (1-10).
No. 6 Middletown South 41, No. 10 Colts Neck 36
Middletown South (9-1) used an 8-0 run at the outset of the fourth quarter to open a 38-29 gap on course to its six consecutive win. Senior point guard Isla Brennan capped the surge with a bucket and hit two critical free throws with 12.5 seconds remaining to give the Eagles a five-point cushion.
Brennan compiled eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals while senior guard Emily McCarthy had a team-high 11 points to balance five rebounds and five steals. Junior swing Kayla Richardson got involved with 10 points, six boards, three assiss and a pair of steals.
Junior guard Camryn Foltz topped Colts Neck (6-4) with 11 points and senior forward Eva Gibson dropped in 10 for the Cougars, who suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of Middletown South. The Eagles scored a 46-36 triumph on Dec. 28 in the consolation round of the WOBM Christmas Classic.
No.7 Marlboro 61, Neptune 19
The Mustangs (9-3) roared out of the gates and fashioned a 24-2 lead by the completion of the first quarter.
Freshman guard Danielle Schlesinger headed a list of nine players to deliver at least a bucket, accounting for three of the 10 3-pointers hit by Marlboro en route to 16 points. Sophomore guard Sammy Jay (12 points) and Jessica Riepe (10 points) each hit a pair of jumpers from long distance. Schlesinger added eight rebounds and senior guard Gisella Romeo pocketed eight steals.
Neptune (5-5), which is without injured junior Macy Brackett (15.0 ppg.) and freshman Ahjanae Young (10.4 ppg.) got nine points from 5-4 junior guard Autumn O'Neil, who drilled three treys.
Pinelands 35, Ocean 30
Freshman Bridget Dudas flipped in a team-high 11 points and Pinelands (4-7) used a fourth-quarter rally to edge Ocean (6-6).
The Wildcats closed with a 12-4 burst in the final eight minutes to erase a 26-23 deficit. Skylar Callahan, D'Anna Capriotti and Calyn Calloway all scored six for Pinelands.
Senior guard Sarah Dente paced Ocean with 14 points to go with five rebounds and five steals.
Shore 60, Asbury Park 23
Sophomore guard Madison LaRosa pumped in 18 points and junior forward Savannah Notte deposited 10 for the Blue Devils (7-6). Shore left little room for doubt, turing a 20-2 start into a 37-6 lead by intermission.
Sophomore Madison Karpe chipped in with six points, Jessica Barton, Cassie DeSantis (five assists) and Chloe Wollman grabbed five rebounds apiece and the unselfish Blue Devils amassed 24 assists on 26 buckets.
Mater Dei 38, Wall 36
The Seraphs (7-3) rebounded from a 14-9 halftime deficit with a 12-5 third quarter to seize a 21-19 edge it was able to hold on to for its second straight victory.
Junior guard Katherine Zoda drilled three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points for Mater Dei while freshman forward Shelby Barksdale sank five of her seven points from the foul line.
Junior guard Nikki Russo had 13 points and backcourt classmate Nyasia Mayes added nine for Wall (1-11).
No. 9 Rumson-Fair Haven 43, Middletown North 28
Junior forward Lucy Adams registered her sixth double-double by dropping in 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, sophomore guard Grace Munt offered a team-high 12 points and nine boards and sophomore guard Cortland McBarron collected 11 points, four rebounds and as many steals to power the Bulldogs (6-4).
Melissa Golembieski topped Middletown North (6-6) with 12 points and Gina Palladino scored eight.
Holmdel 62, Trinity Hall 38
After enduring a 0-4 start, the Hornets (5-5) climbed back to the .500 mark behind 15 points and six rebounds from junior forward Leah Nolan and 12 points as well as three steals by senior guard Jenna Stolker.
Olivia Palmer supplied 11 points and Carson Fontana dished out six assists to balance her eight points in the triumph. Holmdel built a 28-10 lead in the first quarter.
Trinity Hall (4-5) got 10 points from Colleen Cusat and eight from Caitlin Wingertzahn.
Freehold Twp. 60, Old Bridge 45
Sophomore forward Kaylie Elsbree knocked four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points while creating interior space for 6-3 sophomore Hannah Orloff to drop in 19 for the Patriots (7-4).
Tanya Elsbree also took advantage of the room inside the arc, going for 16 points, half of which were accumulated at the foul line. Freehold Twp. used a 12-5 second quarter to build a 27-15 lead and finished with a 24-15 burst in the fourth.
Rachel Kuhl pumped in 28 points, including six 3-pointers, for Old Bridge.
Matawan 58, Robbinsville 48
Gianna Aiello, a 6-3 sophomore forward, put together her second monster double-double of the week as the Huskies (3-8) earned their second win in three contests.
Aiello, who had 14 points and 19 rebounds in a victory over Middletown North on Tuesday, backed a career-high 19 points with 20 boards. Jada Allen, a 5-11 freshman forward, pumped in a season-best 17 points to go with nine boards as the Huskies roared back from a 28-21 halftime deficit, fueled by a 17-8 effort in the third quarter.
Vanessa Sabol had 16 points, Maya Johnson sank 11 and Alliso Neumann finished with 10 for Robbinsville.
No. 2 St. Rose 67, Stuart Day 27
Junior Brynn Farrell poured in 22 points, sophomore point guard Abby Antognoli scored 13 and senior shooting guard Lauren Lithgow hit for 10 to fuel the Purple Roses (9-0), who set the tone with a 26-9 uprising in the first quarter.
Senior swing Samantha Mikos had six points and seven bounds while Lithgow and Antognoli each picked up four steals.
No. 1 St. John Vianney 47, University 46
The Lady Lancers (9-1) escaped with a win over the Phoenix, converting a tie-breaking free throw in the waning seconds.
University tied the game on a steal and layup with 6.2 seconds remaining. After St. John Vianney turned the ball over on a five-second violation off an inbounds, University called time out to set up a play. However, on the ensuing inbounds and with a five-second call looming, a time out was called when the Phoenix had none left. Thus, a technical foul was issued and senior Sajada Bonner, who led SJV with 12 points, hit the second of two free throws to snap a 46-46 deadlock.
St. John Vianney recovered from a 10-6 deficit, outscoring University, 36-24, over the second and third quarters, to open a 42-34 margin. Sophomore Katie Hill buried three 3-pointers on her way to scoring 11.