Girls Basketball Scoreboard (Jan. 24)
Thursday, January 24
Howell 58, Manalapan 38
Senior guard Jessica O'Brien matched her season high with 23 points and sophomore forward Caitlin Gresko dropped in 17 to complement 13 rebounds for the Rebels (9-5, 5-4), who ended a four-game losing streak.
Mackenzie Bruno added six points and six boards for Howell, which used a 12-4 third quarter to increase its lead to 43-28. Lauren Thomas paced Manalapan (3-11, 1-8) with 14 points.
No. 8 Marlboro 79, Freehold 33
The Mustangs (12-4, 7-1) matched their season high by sticking 15 3-pointers en route to the win.
Senior forward Theresa Besso led the perimeter clinic with four threes and 12 points while sophomore guard Sammy Jay counted three triples among her 17 points. Seven players hit at least one jumper from beyond the arc for Marlboro, which stormed to a 29-10 lead in the first quarter.
Freshman guard Maddie Bideaux led Freehold (3-13, 0-9) with 16 points.
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Raritan 49, Monmouth 19
Senior forward Katrina Wojtowicz hit a pair of threes and was responsible for 11 points while senior guard Jordan Hyman scored 10 to fuel the Rockets (7-7, 5-5), who created a 24-6 halftime lead.
Freshman guard Sydney Po led Monmouth (0-16, 0-10) with eight points and three rebounds.
No. 2 St. Rose 56, Shore 23
The backcourt tandem of senior Lauren Lithgow and sophomore Abby Antognoli headlined a offense that thrived from the sum of its parts, depositing 10 points apiece for St. Rose (14-0, 10-0).
Juniors Makayla Andrews and Brynn Farrell each scored nine for the Roses, who crafted a 33-10 by halftime triggered by a 17-4 effort in the first quarter.
No. 4 Manasquan 72, Holmdel 52
Senior swing Faith Masonius accounted for 21 points and senior guard Lola Mullaney pumped in 19 for pace the Warriors (12-3, 9-1).
Senior guard Annie Mako chipped in with nine points for Manasquan, which led, 44-28, at intermission, keyed by 18 points from Masonius.
Olivia Palmer finished with four 3-pointers and 16 points for Holmdel (5-9, 2-8).
No. 5 Red Bank Catholic 42, No. 7 Rumson-Fair Haven 28
Senior guard Julia Setaro, who had 10 points, hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter that staked Red Bank Catholic (10-5, 7-3) to a 28-26 lead and was the spark to a decisive fourth-quarter closing tear.
The Caseys stamped the victory 14-2 burst over the final eight minutes. Sophomore guard Sophia Sabino steered the offense for RBC, was a force on the glass and netted 12 points while freshman guard Justine Pissott added 10, all coming in the second half.
Consecutive 3-pointers from Pissott and Setaro at the outset of the fourth keyed an 8-1 rush that opened a 36-27 cushion for the Caseys. Meanwhile, RBC's defense limited Rumson to 15 points below its season average of 43 points per game. Freshman Charlie Rosen stroked three triples and had a team-high 11 points for the Bulldogs (9-6, 5-5).
Colts Neck 48, Matawan 36
The Cougars (11-4, 9-1) outscored Matawan (4-11, 2-8), 42-28, over the first three quarters on their way to a fifth consecutive victory.
Senior forward Eva Gibson dropped in 15 points, sophomore guard Jess Theising scored nine and senior forward Catherine Gibson and senior guard Teresa Marsh had seven apiece for Colts Neck.
Senior guard Khoryn Bannis picked up 22 points and 11 rebounds for Matawan and sophomore center Gianna Aiello had seven points and 16 boards.
Middletown North 41, Neptune 39
Melissa Golembieski was at the forefront of a well-dispersed offense for Middletown North (9-8, 5-5), scoring a team-high 11 points to go with four assists.
Senior guard Giana McGaughey had eight points, sophomore forward Sophia Memon collected seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks and sophomore guard Victoria Palladino ended with seven points for the Lions, who made the most of a 17-15 halftime edge.
Freshman guard Amaya Evans canned three 3-pointers and had a game-high 17 points for Neptune (7-8, 5-5).
No. 1 St. John Vianney 76, Wall 14
Sophomore guard Katie Hill flipped in 17 points to lead four players in double figures for the Lady Lancers (13-1, 10-0), who established an 18-6 lead in the opening quarter.
Freshman guard Madison St. Rose and senior forward Sajada Bonner each scored 14 and senior swing Brelynn Bellamy added 12 for St. John Vianney, which picked up its seventh straight win.
Junior guard Nikki Russo had five points for Wall (1-15, 0-10).
Red Bank 55, Ocean 20
Senior guard Meghan Murray collected 14 points and five steals, sophomore guard Chloe Teter supplied 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists and junior guard Abby Bynoe netted a dozen points on four 3-pointers to go with three rebounds for the Bucs (10-5, 7-3).
Sophomore guard Caitlin Decker dealt out seven assists, cleared five boards and had two steals for Red Bank, which ended a two-game losing skid.The Bucs seized a 14-5 lead in the opening quarter and extended the margin to 28-7 by halftime.
Junior forward Bette Bradley finished with a team-high nine points for Ocean (7-10, 2-8).
Mater Dei 48, Keansburg 19
Sophomore forward Jhamena Range paced a balanced scoring display by Mater Dei (11-5, 9-1) with nine points. The Seraphs parlayed a 14-5 showing in the second quarter into a 25-11 lead at the break.
Junior guard Katie Zoda canned a pair of 3-pointers on her way to eight points and classmate Liz Mauro accounted for seven in the victory.
Senior guard Alyssa Castera had a team-high seven points for Keansburg (4-10, 2-8).
No. 3 Manchester 66, Donovan Catholic 38
Senior guard Leilani Correa complemented 22 points with 11 rebounds and sophomore guard Destiny Adams backed 15 points with 10 boards to power the Hawks (14-2, 10-0).
Manchester raced to a 16-4 lead and extended the margin to 35-13 at the half. Senior forward Dakota Adams had eight points and seven rebounds and junior guard Serenity Anderson amassed eight points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in the win.
Junior guard Paige Slaven scored 16 and sophomore backcourt partner Jordyn Keating had 11 for Donovan Catholic (12-4, 8-2).
Brick 36, Jackson Liberty 22
The Green Dragons (5-10) put together one of their strongest defensive efforts of the campain.
Junior guard Lauren Washco netted 12 points and senior point guard Dani Christ added nine for Brick.
No, 6 Middletown South 42, Trinity Hall 27
Junior guard Stephanie Mayerhofer and junior swing Kayla Richardson delivered 10 points apiece for Middletown South (13-1), which built a 17-7 cushion in the first quarter en route to its 10th straight win.
Senior point guard Isla Brennan had nine rebounds, four assists and two steals while Richardson and senior forward Eve Pirie each pulled down seven boards for the Eagles.
Caitlin Wingertzahn scored 10 and Colleen Cusat had nine for Trinity Hall (8-6).
Southern 55, Lacey 47
Junior forward Kaela Curtin backed a season-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block while junior guard Sam Del Rio collected 16 points, five boards, three assists and two steals to drive the Rams (8-7), who used a 28-16 surge over the second and third quarters to assume a 41-29 lead.
Senior point guard Jac Ward chipped in with nine points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for Southern.
Hayley Ocskasy drained four threes and finished with 15 points for Lacey (8-8) and Allie Toth hit three jumpers from beyond the arc and scored 13. The Lions totaled 10 3-pointers.