NJSIAA Tournament of Champions


At RWJBarnabas Health Arena, Toms River

No. 3 Rutgers Prep 64, No. 2 Manasquan 48

Senior Antonia Bates led five Rutgers Prep players with at least nine points and the Argonauts (29-2) started hot and did not let the Warriors (30-5) back in it.

Rutgers Prep moves on to the T of C championship game for the first time in program history and will take on the St. John Vianney-Sparta winner at 4 p.m. Sunday at Jersey Mike's Arena in Piscataway.

Bates hit a three-pointer to cap a hot-shooting first quarter for Rutgers Prep, which led, 23-15, after one quarter.

Sophomore Hope Masonius led Manasquan with 14 points. Senior Mary Elizabeth Donnelly scored 10 points in her final game, while classmate Georgia Heine also poured in eight in her high school finale.

Senior Leyla Castro poured in 13 points, junior Katie Ledden and sophomore Mikayla Blokes each added 12 and senior Morgan Ryan netted nine on three of Rutgers Prep's nine three-pointers in the game.

No. 1 St. John Vianney 75, No. 4 Sparta 54

Junior Zoe Brooks scored a game-high 27 points and senior teammate Madison St. Rose poured in 21 to lead the Lancers (31-1) past the Spartans (27-4) and into the Tournament of Champions final.

St. John Vianney will go for its eighth Tournament of Champions title Sunday when it plays third-seeded Rutgers Prep at Jersey Mike's Arena at 4 p.m.

Brooks scored 18 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter, while St. Rose did 13-points-worth of damage in the first half, during which the Lancers built a 40-22 lead heading to the locker room.

Junior Bre Delaney provided nine points off the bench for St. John Vianney.

Brynn McCurry led Sparta with 24 points, while Alexa Acker added 11 for the Spartans, which earned the right to face St. John Vianney by winning the Group III championship and defeating Group IV champion Westfield in the quarterfinal round of the T of C.

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