Girls Basketball Scoreboard (Jan. 5)
Saturday, January 5
No. 2 St. Rose 58, No. 10 Rumson-Fair Haven 24
The Purple Roses (6-0, 4-0) established an early tone, racing to a 23-5 lead in the first eight minutes. Junior guard Brynn Farrell pumped in 17 points to lead three players in double figures for St. Rose.
Senior guard Lauren Lithgow hit two 3-pointers and totaled 14 points and senior forward Sam Mikos dropped in 10. Sophomore guard Abby Antognoli finished with five points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Maureen Stapleton picked up five rebounds, four steals and three assists to go with a bucket.
The St. Rose defense, which is surrendering 30.5 points per game, limited Rumson-Fair Haven (3-4, 1-3) to a season-low 24 points.
Middletown North 49, Mater Dei 24
Junior forward Hayley Stratton paced Middletown North (5-4) with a season-high 14 points as well as five rebounds and two assists.
The Lions grabbed a 12-3 lead after one quarter and expanded the margin to 27-8 by intermission.
Junior forward Olivia Cerbo gave Middletown North 10 points and senior guard Melissa Golembieski gathered seven points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Freehold Twp. 32, Southern 28
Credit a fierce defensive showing by the Patriots (6-2), who limited Southern to a season-low 28 points en route to their third straight win.
Hannah Orloff, a 6-2 sophomore center, dropped in 10 points and cleared a dozen rebounds, marking her eighth double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Tanya Elsbree provided 16 points and eight boards and her twin sister Kaylie scored six on a pair of threes and grabbed eight boards.
Junior Sam Del Rio led Southern (4-4), which had a two-game win streak snapped, with 16 points and junior Kaela Curtin backed six points with eight rebounds.
Freehold Township took a 14-8 lead in the first quarter and held a 27-20 advantage entering the fourth. Southern closed the gap to 30-28 before Orloff converted two foul shots with seven seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Jackson Liberty 50, Central 44
Maura Carney picked up 15 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists and Hailey McGee dropped in 14 to fuel Jackson Liberty (6-4), which has already matched its win total from last season.
Carney hit four 3-pointers for the Lions, who built a 19-9 cushion in the opening quarter. Kayla Nelson supplied eight points, two assists and a pair of steals in the victory.
Toms River South 31, Point Boro 28
The Indians (4-4) halted a two-game losing skid behind senior Ashlee Pataky. The 5-5 guard scored a season-high 13, pulled down seven rebounds and had two steals in the victory.
Shiloh Williams, a 6-0 senior forward, and 6-3 sophomore forward Kelle Anwander each had six rebounds for Toms River South, which led, 11-4, after one quarter, and combined for eight points.
Senior forward Riley Sexton topped Point Boro (3-5), which dropped its fifth in a row, with 12 points to accompany her five rebounds, two steals and one block and senior guard Allie Delaney finished with eight points and five boards.
Brick Memorial 39, Freehold 37
Junior guard Jenna Schiessl hit a critical 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and senior guard Angel Hernandez sank a pair of free throws with three seconds left in regulation to snap a 37-37 deadlock and lift the Mustangs (1-7) to their first win.
Hernandez topped Brick Memorial with nine points and added seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals. Senior forward Hailey Dietz grabbed 10 rebounds and sophomore guard Alexis Voorhees handed out six assists
Brick Memorial, which yields 56.1 points per game, put together arguably its best defensive performance of the season. Junior forward Samantha Abbate had a season-high 17 points for Freehold (2-6) and senior forward Beth Grossman scored 11.
Shore 44, Lakewood 25
Chloe Wollman and Lily Santi led a balanced scoring effort from the Blue Devils (6-4) with eight points apiece. Caitlin Donegan clutched eight rebounds, Emily Guo dished out three assists, Samantha Notte had five steals and Madison LaRosa blocked five shots for Shore.
Aysha Diawara scored seven for Lakewood (1-8).
Colts Neck 43, Red Bank 27
Junior guard Camryn Foltz scored 10 points in the third quarter when Colts Neck (5-2, 4-0) erased a 16-14 halftime deficit on the way to outscoring Red Bank (5-3, 2-2), 29-11, in the second half.
Phillipsburg 56, Wall 27
Junior guard Nikki Russo led Wall (1-8) with 10 points. Phillipsburg (4-4) used a 15-3 outburst in the first quarter to seize control. Lauren Flynn scored a game-high 12 for the Stateliners.