Girls Basketball Scoreboard (Jan. 26)
Saturday, January 26
97.3 ESPN Shootout
At Ocean City
No. 8 Marlboro 93, Vineland 67
The Mustangs (13-4) exploded for a season-high 17 3-pointers, led by junior guard Sam Nocco, who nailed five en route to 15.
Senior guard Gisella Romeo scored a team-high 21 for Marlboro with the aid of just one triple, sophomore forward Laura Morehead knocked down four to total 12 points while senior forward Theresa Besso connected on three and finished with 11. Sophomore point guard Sammy Jay backed 11 points with 12 assists.
The Mustangs used a 36-21 effort in the third quarter to fashion an 83-55 cushion.
Briel Herbert poured in a game-high 31 for Vineland (9-5).
Howell 61, Wall 50
The Rebels (10-5) recovered from an 18-9 deficit in the first quarter by answering with a 39-16 salvo over the next 16 minutes to build a 48-33 advantage.
Sophomore forward Caitlin Gresko had 17 points and six rebounds, sophomore guard Grace Leary clicked for 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals and senior guard Jessica O'Brien finished with 15 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals for Howell.
Junior guard Nikki Russo pumped in a career-high 22 points for Wall (1-16)
Barnegat 40, Monmouth 26
Senior forward Jada Baker recorded her third straight double-double, balancing 18 points with 13 rebounds, and frontcourt partner Sydney Boyer contributed 10 points and nine boards for the Bengals.
Barnegat set the tone with a 10-0 first quarter but Monmouth (0-17) closed to within 29-24 heading into the final period.
Freehold 47, Henry Hudson 22
Gianna Praet flipped in 13 points and Maddie Bideaux connected on a three triples to finish with 11 in pacing the Colonials (4-13), who used a 14-4 start to snap a six-game losing streak.
Patricia Masdonati supplied seven points and seven rebounds to the victory, Samantha Abbate and Beth Grossman each grabbed six rebounds and Emily Cavallaro offered four points, three steals, two rebounds and an assist.
Kerry Harper led Henry Hudson (4-12) with 10 points.
Jackson Memorial 74, Point Boro 50
Junior guard Kristina Donza pumped in 26 points to go with four rebounds, three steals and three blocks for the Jaguars (10-5), who won their fifth straight.
Senior forward Dani Evans ended with 17 points and six rebounds, sophomore guard Rachel Capua compiled 12 points, five boards, three assists and a pair of steals and junior point guard Bianca Giordano added seven points, six steals and set up seven buckets, giving her 104 assists on the season to mark the second consecutive year she eclipsed the century mark.
Point Boro (6-9) got 12 points from senior guard Allie Delaney, 11 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assist from senior forward Riley Sexton and 10 points from sophomore guard Lila Shaver.
No. 9 Colts Neck 61, Manalapan 38
Junior guard Camryn Foltz deposited 17 points to lead four players in double figures within a balanced showing that powered the Cougars (12-4) to the sixth consecutive victory.
Sophomore Chance Gagliardi, senior Eva Gibson and senior Teresa Marsh each scored 10 for Colts Neck, which used a 27-12 outburst in the third to expand its lead to 51-24. For Marsh, her scoring output marked a season high.
Carlyn Deaver topped Manalapan (3-12) with 13 points.
Freehold Twp. 43, Middletown North 39
Kaylie Elsbree had 12 points, Maddie Garze netted nine and Lindsay Lloyd scored eight for Freehold Twp. (10-6), which grabbed a 16-9 lead in the opening quarter.
Melissa Golembieski posted a double-double for Middletown North (9-9) with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Gina Palladino added 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Holmdel 51, Matawan 49
Junior guard Carson Fontana and junior forward Leah Nolan dropped in 14 points apiece to pace the Hornets (6-9) and deliver coach Darren Ault his 150th career victory.
Holmdel, which got an additional 10 points from Olivia Palmer, held a 32-20 lead at the break and weathered a second-half surge from Matawan (4-12).
Senior guard Khoryn Bannis totaled 22 points, nine rebounds, three steals and an assist, sophomore center Gianna Aiello had seven points, 14 rebounds and two blocks and sophomore guard Skylar Paris picked up 11 points, five boards, two steals and an assist for the Huskies.
No. 7 Rumson-Fair Haven 43, No. 6 Middletown South 41
Sophomore guard Cortland McBarron capped a career-high 23-point performance by sinking a driving layup with 3.5 seconds left in regulation to stamp a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Bulldogs (10-6) and snap Middletown South's 10-game win streak.
Rumson entered the final stanza trailing, 29-23, before putting together a 20-12 burst over the closing eight minutes. Sophomore guard Grace Munt scored seven, junior guard Sophia Passalaqua netted six and junior forward Lucy Adams ripped down 11 rebounds for the Dawgs.
Junior swing Kayla Richardson scored a team-high 12 for Middletown South (13-2). Senior point guard Isla Brennan, senior forward Samantha Keenan and senior forward Eve Pirie all had eight points for the Eagles.
Shore 44, Ocean 33
The Blue Devils (9-9) carved out a 21-12 lead at the half and benefited from the balanced scoring of junior forward Caitlin Donegan, senior guard Emily Guo and sophmore guard Madison LaRosa, who all scored 11 points.
Donegan added six rebounds while Guo and junior forward Savannah Notte, who had six points, each collected four rebounds and three assists. LaRosa spearheaded the defensive cause with six steals.
Senior forward Morgan Barlett had a game-high 15 points for the Spartans (7-11).
Lakewood 28, Lindenwold 20
Junior guard Aysha Diawara accounted for 10 points and classmate Jessica Rivera scored six to lift the Piners (4-14), who pocketed their second win in four outings.
Senior forward Tiana Medina chipped in with five points for Lakewood.
Keyport 54, Perth Amboy Tech 33
Senior swing Giana Piccini, who cleared five rebounds, and senior guard Alexis Breen, who stroked three 3-pointers to run her season sum to 26, netted 11 points apiece for the Red Raiders (11-4).
Sophomore swing Lila Trench was responsible for seven points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two assists while Shannan Devlin collected eight points, five steals, three boards and two assists for Keyport, which zipped to an 18-2 lead and widened the gap to 37-10 by intermission.
Neptune 65, Trenton 49
The nucleus of junior Macy Brackett and freshmen Amaya Evans and Ahjanae Young powered the Scarlet Fliers (8-8) to an impresive decision over the Tornadoes (10-5).
Brackett registered her seventh double-double by backing 14 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks, Evans poured in 24 points and handed out five assists and Young recorded her first double-double with 16 points and a dozen rebounds.
The Scarlet Fliers took a 16-11 lead after one quarter and pushed the advantage to 32-21 by halftime.
Point Beach 58, Spotswood 33
Senior guard Carleigh Burns pumped in 18 points and her sophomore sister Cassidy netted 12 for the Beach (12-4), which established a 32-21 cushion by halftime.
Senior forward Madelyn House chipped in with 13 points and senior guard McKayla Hughes scored seven in the win.