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Sunday, December 30


1-Manchester 83, 7-Marlboro 41 - Check out full game story and game replay

Holding a 19-17 lead with 5:11 in the second quarter, top-seeded Manchester (7-0) put together an explosive burst en route to its second straight WOBM Christmas Classic title.

The Hawks closed the first half with a 20-4 tear and outscored seventh-seeded Marlboro (6-1), 33-4, in the third to build a commanding 72-25 cushion. Sophomore swing Destiny Adams, the tournament's MVP, pumped in 20 of her 27 points in the third quarter and senior guard Leilani Correa, who also clicked for 27 points. supplied 22 during the game-changing surge.

Adams added 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks while Correa collected 11 rebounds, three assists and five steals. Senior forward Dakota Adams had 10 points, five boards, two assists and two steals, junior point guard Kemari Reynolds provided six rebounds, four assists and four points and junior guard Serenity Anderson had seven rebounds, three assists and three points.

Together, Manchester's starting five was instrumental in inducing 34 turnovers, limiting Marlboro to a 14-for-63 night from the field and owned a telling 47-32 advantage on the glass.

Junior guard Sam Nocco topped Marlboro with 11 points and sophomore guard Laura Morehead added eight for the Mustangs, who shot 8 of 33 from 3-point range.


3-Toms River North 67, 4-Ewing 36

Senior forward Jenna Paul set an early tone for the Mariners (6-1) by scoring 13 of her 32 points in the first eight minutes to key an 18-7 start. Senior guard Brielle Bisogno scored eight points.

Senior Jaycee Lowe had nine points for Ewing, including the 1,000th of her career.

Friday, December 28

Semifinal Round

7-Marlboro 72, 3-Toms River North 60

Marlboro (6-0) opened the second half with a 13-4 outburst to erase a 32-30 halftime deficit and seize a 43-36 lead that it never relinquished. The Mustangs, who average 11 3-pointers a contest, were limited to three in the first half but found their stroke during the decisive tear.

Sophomore guard and junior guard Sam Nocco sandwiched a pair of treys around another by senior forward Theresa Besso to fuel the uprising. Sammy Jay sparked the charge with a triple to open the third.

Besso and sophomore forward Jessica Riepe ended with 13 points apiece, Jay netted 12 and senior guard Gisella Romeo chipped in with 11.

Senior forward Jenna Paul led all scorers with 21 for Toms River North (5-1). Senior guard Brielle Bisogno had 16 points, including a wild fadeaway 3-pointer that kissed off glass to end the opening quarter, and junior swing Kristina Johnson netted 13.

1-Manchester 95, 4-Ewing 73

Senior guard Leilani Correa exploded for seven 3-pointers en route to a season-high 31 points for the defending champion Hawks (6-0). The 6-0 West Virginia recruit buried five in the opening quarter to fuel a 25-13 rush.

Sophomore swing Destiny Adams pumped in 25 points and senior forward Dakota Adams chipped in with 15 for Manchester. Senior guard Kemari Reynolds supplied all nine of her points in the first half and Nahkaleigh Hayes-Jones came off the bench to score eight.

Consolation Round

10-Neptune 50, 11-Toms River South 44

Junior Macy Brackett scored eight of her game-high 22 points during a 17-10 second quarter that staked Neptune (4-2) to a 25-20 lead. She added eight more points in the fourth when the Scarlet Fliers finished on a 19-13 note.

Freshman guard Amaya Evans netted seven of her 11 points in the second half for Neptune. Senior forward Shiloh Williams scored 12 points and senior guard Caitlin Carroll had 10 for Toms River South (3-3).

9-Donovan Catholic 52, 13-Sayreville 48

Jayda Kearney dropped in 19 points, Jordyn Keating scored 17 and Paige Slaven ended with a dozen to power the Griffins.

15-Central 48, 14-Brick Memorial 36

Central (2-3) pumped the breaks on a three-game losing skid by topping Brick Memorial (0-6) for a second time this season.

The Golden Eagles benefited from the balanced scoring of Kayla Krzyzkowski (11 points), Mercedes Corbin (nine points), Kristi Truhan (nine points) and Martine Chevalier (eight points).

Corbin accounted for six points while Chevalier and Truhan scored five apiece during a 20-9 showing in the second quarter that gave Central a 29-19 edge.

Ella Moore paced Brick Memorial (0-6) with 11 points.

16-Wall 42, 12-Point Boro 29

Abby Nonnenberg scored five of her game-high 12 points in the third quarter when Wall (1-5) used a 12-5 effor to open a 24-14 cushion. Nyasia Mayes chipped in with nine points and Lauren Lacey added eight for the Crimson Knights.

Allie Delany scored 10 to lead Point Boro (3-3)

2-Middletown South 46, 6-Colts Neck 36

Junior swing Kayla Richardson dropped in 14 points while senior forward Eve Pirie and senior guard Isla Brennan scored eight apiece for the Eagles (4-1).

Richardson deposited half of her total during a 14-4 third quarter that powered Middletown South to a 36-20 advantage. Camryn Foltz scored 16 for Colts Neck (3-2). Brennan added eight rebounds and five assists.

5-Red Bank 40, 8-Toms River East 36

Senior guard Meghan Murray pumped in 18 points for Red Bank (4-1), which parlayed a modest 6-2 showing in the third to open a 27-22 lead. Sophomore guard Chloe Teter collected seven points, seven boards, two assists and two steals in the victory.

Emily Maire had 13 points and Jordyn Madigan scored 11 for Toms River East (3-3).

Quarterfinal Round

Thursday, December 27

At RWJBarnabas Health Arena, Toms River

3-Toms River North 43, 6-Colts Neck 33

Senior point guard Brielle Bisogno struck for 21 points and senior swing Jenna Paul added 15 for the Mariners (5-0).

Paul, who finished with seven rebounds and two assists, accounted for the first eight points deposited by Toms River North and Bisogno supplemented her output by sinking the next five to forge a 13-3 cushion with 3:14 showing in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Bisogno two minutes into the second quarter increased the lead to 20-10.

Freshman guard Sydney Howell supplied six rebounds and classmate Faith Wavershak cleared an additional six boards for Toms River North.

Junior guard Camryn Foltz paced Colts Neck (3-1) with 18 points and seven rebounds and Eva Gibson grabbed 13 boards for the Cougars.

7-Marlboro 66, vs. 2-Middletown South 60 - Click here for game story & full highlights

Sophomore guard Sammy Jay punctuated her 22-point performance by going 8 of 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory for the Mustangs (5-0).

Marlboro led by as much as 39-17 in the first half, converting a string of 10 Middletown South turnovers into 20 points. However, Middletown South withstood the barrage and gradually clawed its way back, drawing to as close as 62-60 with 16.9 left before Jay closed out matters with four foul shots down the stretch.

Jessica Riepe netted 14 points and Gisella Romeo scored 13 for Marlboro. Stephanie Mayerhofer topped Middletown South (3-1) with 15 points and Emily McCarthy contributed 10 for the Eagles.

4-Ewing 61, 5-Red Bank 58 (OT)

Jaycee Lowe scored a team-high 19, stamped by a 4-for-4 clinic at the foul line in overtime, to lift the Blue Devils. Ewing rallied from a 30-25 halftime deficit.

Lowe and Tamia Warner each had six points during a 23-16 third quarter that vaulted Ewing in front, 48-46, but Red Bank answered in the fourth behind Caitlyn Decker, who dropped in seven of her 11 points in the period to help forge a 56-56 deadlock.

Meghan Murray ended with a game-high 23 points for Red Bank (3-1), 15 of which fell in the first half. Myasia Jackson scored 15 and Warner had 14 for Ewing. .

1-Manchester 64, 8-Toms River East 30

Junior point guard Kemari Reynolds buried five 3-pointers in an effortless perimeter display and totaled 24 points as the defending champion Hawks (5-0) cruised into the semifinals.

Senior forward Dakota Adams supplied 12 points, sophomore swing Destiny Adams added 10 and Nahkaleigh Hayes-Jones came off the bench to net eight.

Reynolds set an early tone with two triples and eight points in the first quarter to spark a 22-5 outburst. By halftime, she accumulated 19 to drive a 39-14 surge by Manchester.

Senior guard Kamryn Lister had 11 points and junior guard Jordyn Madigan deposited nine for Toms River East (3-2).

Consolation Round

Wednesday, December 26

At Toms River North

11-Toms River South 56, 14-Brick Memorial 37

Junior Madison Braun, a 5-10 guard, pumped in a season-high 20 points and Toms River South (3-2) used an 18-2 outburst in the second quarter to construct a 28-15 advantage.

Braun and 5-5 senior guard Ashlee Pataky, who ended with nine points, each accounted for four during the uprising which featured a bucket from seven differenct resources.

Sophomore guard Alexis Voorhees led Brick Memorial (0-5) with 12 points accumulated on four 3-pointers.

13-Sayreville 52, 12-Point Boro 45

Lyssandra DeLaCosta went 6 for 6 from the line and scored a game-high 17 points for Sayreville. Brooke Holland dropped in 13 points for the Bombers.

Sophomore guard Lila Shaver and senior forward Riley Sexton each scored 14 for Point Pleasant Boro (3-2).

10-Neptune 45, 15-Central 30

Junior forward Macy Brackett flipped in 13 points, freshman guard Amaya Evans netted 12 and the Scarlet Fliers (3-2) thrived off their intense defensive pressure.

Freshman guard Ahjanae Young delievered all six of her points in the first quarter to spur Neptune to a 9-5 lead and Brackett and Young scored six apiece in the third when the cushion expanded to 36-25.

Kayla Krzyzkowski topped Central with eight points and Mercedes Corbin netted seven.

9-Donovan Catholic 52, 16-Wall 36

Junior forward Jayda Kearney dropped in a season-high 13 points to lead three players in double figures for the Griffins (3-2). Sophomore guard Jordyn Keating finished with 12 points and senior forward Nalah Tinsley had a season-best 10.

Keating accounted for six in the first quarter when Donovan Catholic seized a 14-12 edge.

Junior guard Nikki Russo led Wall (0-5) with 11 points.

First Round Recaps

Saturday, December 22

6-Colts Neck 39, 11-Toms River South 31

Sophomore guard Jess Theising struck for seven of her nine points in the first quarter to spark Colts Neck (3-0) to a 10-8 lead. Camryn

Junior guard Camryn Foltz topped Colts Neck (3-0) with a game-high 15 points, including eight in the first half to pace an 18-13 showing. Caitlin Carroll led Toms River South (2-2) with 12.

3-Toms River North 64, 14-Brick Memorial 27

Senior swing Jenna Paul paced the Mariners with a season-high 24 points, sparked by nine in the opening eight minutes when Toms River North (4-0) fashioned an 18-6 lead. Senior point guard Brielle Bisogno continued North's brisk pace in the second quarter, depositing 11 of her 15 points in the stanza when the advantage grew to 39-12.

Freshman guard Sydney Howell buried three 3-pointers - all in the first quarter - and had nine points for the Mariners. Sophomore guard Alexis Voorhees led Brick Memorial with 10 points.

7-Marlboro 73, 10-Neptune 51 

The Mustangs (4-0) broke open a 35-28 contest in the third quarter due largely to its perimeter presence. Senior guard Gisella Romeo and sophomore guard Laura Morehead each sank a pair of 3-pointers during a 29-10 blitz that increased the Marlboro lead to 64-38.

Marlboro drained a dozen triples led by Romeo, who accounted for three en route to 15 points. Sophomore guard Sammy Jay had 13 points and freshman guard Danielle Schlesinger added 12.

Freshman guard Ahjanae Young scored 16 and junior forward Macy Brackett netted 13 for Neptune (2-2).

2-Middletown South 62, 15-Central 24 

Junior swing Kayla Richardson celebrated her birthday in style, pumping in a career-high 19 points for the Eagles (3-0), who raced to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter.

Richardson added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Junior guard Stephanie Mayerhofer sank three 3-pointers and had 11 points, senior guard Emily McCarthy scored 10 and senior point guard Isla Brennan ended with nine for the Eagles, who drained 11 jumpers from beyond the arc.

Mercedes Corbin led Central (1-2) with 11 points.

5-Red Bank 59, 12-Point Boro 40

The Bucs (3-0) went on a 16-4 tear over the final 4:32 of the third quarter to build a 41-25 advantage.

Senior guard Meghan Murray, who matched her career-high with 27 points, accounted for six during the uprising. poured in 27 points. Sophomore guard Caitlyn Decker flipped in 16 points and sophomore point guard Chloe Teter netted 10 while handing out five assists.

Murray went 14 of 21 from the foul line and the Bucs finished 29 of 43 overall at stripe. Red Bank's defense induced 28 turnovers.

Freshman guard Genevieve Fara came off the bench to deliver a team-best 10 points for Point Pleasant Boro (3-1).

4-Ewing 59, 13-Sayreville 46

8-Toms River East 36, 9-Donovan Catholic 33

Freshman guard Lizzie Gillen drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to snap a 33-33 deadlock and lift Toms River East (3-1) into the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Senior guard Kamryn Lister scored six of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Raiders and junior guard Jordyn Madigan added six points in the win.

Sophomore guard Jordyn Keating led Donovan Catholic with a game-high 20 points.

1-Manchester 62, 16-Wall 30

Senior guard Leilani Correa and sophomore swing Destiny Adams each supplied nine points to a 26-2 first-quarter explosion that catapulted defending champion Manchester (4-0) into the quarterfinal round.

Senior forward Dakota Adams deposited 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawks and her younger sister Destiny finished with 15 points, six boards, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Junior point guard Kemari Reynolds accumulated 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four steals.

Junior guard Nikki Russo had nine points to top Wall (0-4).



WOBM Christmas Classic First Round Preview

At RWJBarnabas Health Arena, Toms River

Saturday, Dec. 22

First Round

11-Toms River South (2-1) vs. 6-Colts Neck (2-0), 10

The WOBM Christmas Classic kicks off with what could potentially be the best matchup of the day. Toms River South is tough on defense (34.0 ppg.) while meticulous and balanced with the basketball. Shiloh Williams, a 6-0 senior forward, is grabbing 15.6 rebounds a contest.

Colts Neck is equally stingy defensively (31.0 ppg.) but a bit more explosive on offense. Junior guard Camryn Foltz (14.5 ppg.) is a polished finisher practically anywhere in the halfcourt and the Cougars have the tools to contain Williams on the glass with their rebounding by committee.

Pick: Colts Neck

14-Brick Memorial (0-3) vs. 3-Toms River North (0-3), 11:30

Before the Class A South residents class in divisional play, they meet in the Christmas Classic. Brick Memorial features a dangerous backcourt dueo in 5-7 senior Angel Hernandez (8.3 ppg.) and 5-5 junior Jenna Schiessl (8.6 ppg.).

However, the Mustangs will have the hands full. Toms River North, last year's tournament runner-up, is powered by senior point guard Brielle Bisogno (16.6 ppg.) and senior forward Jenna Paul (13.6 ppg.), who became the program's all-time leading scorer on Thursday with 1,424 points.

Pick: Toms River North

10-Neptune (2-1) vs 7-Marlboro (3-0), 1

Another intriguing showdown. Neptune was a bit of a mystery entering the season but the Scarlet Fliers got off to a 2-0 start before falling to Middletown North. Junior forward Macy Brackett (11.0 ppg.) offers presence in the frontcourt while freshmen Ahjanae Young (10.0 ppg.) and Amaya Evans (7.0 ppg.) are two newcomers to watch in the backcourt.

Marlboro is a bit of a sleeper tucked into that seventh seed. The Mustangs, who figure to battle Middletown South for Class A North supremacy, have been fierce defensively in the early going, conceding 32.6 points a game. Even more impressive is the offense, which has stung opponents for a robust 81.0 a night. Marlboro has an absolutely loaded backcourt with senior Gisella Romeo (18.3 ppg.), junios Sam Nocco (9.6 ppg.) and sophomore Sammy Jay (11.6 ppg.). Better get out and challenge all three on the perimeter. The trio has combined for 20 3-pointers.

Pick: Marlboro

15-Central (1-1) vs. 2-Middletown South (2-0), 2:30

Central has shown marked improvement from a year ago, topping Brick Memorial, 57-50, in its opener and battling Toms River South to the wire before falling, 36-34. Junior guard Mercedes Corbin is off to a promising start, scoring at a 20.5 rate.

However, the Golden Eagles are about to encounter a veteran Middletown South squad with something to prove this season. Coming off an uncharacteristic 12-13 showing a year ago that ended a run of 13 consecutive winning seasons, the Eagles have an edge....and great scoring balance. Senior point guard Isla Brennan (13.0 ppg.), 6-0 senior forward Eve Pirie (10.0 ppg.), senior forward Samantha Keenan (7.0 ppg.), junior guard Stephanie Mayerhofer (10.5 ppg.) and junior swing Kayla Richardson (10.5 ppg.) are a cohesive unit.

Pick: Middletown South

12-Point Boro (3-0) vs. 5-Red Bank (2-0), 4

Another quality matchup pitting a pair of early unbeatens. Both thrive off the sum of their parts.

Allie Delaney, a senior guard, is averaging 14.6 points per game, sophomore guard Lila Shaver finds holes along the perimeter and senior forwards Riley Sexton and Morgan Woods work the boards for Point Boro.

Red Bank emphasizes its speed and athleticism, headlined by 5-10 senior guard Meghan Murray (13.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg.) and 5-9 sophomore guard Chloe Teter (12.5 ppg), who backs her scoring with hounding on-the-ball defense, a staple of the Bucs.

Pick: Red Bank

13-Sayreville (2-1) vs. 4-Ewing (1-1), 5:30

Sayreville has done a nice job even dispensing its offense through Lyssandra Delacosta, Brooke Holland, Serina Townes, Stephanie Van Note and Jackie Ventricelli.

Ewing bowed to Group 4 power Cherokee, 55-49, in its season opener but looms a dangerous cast. Jaycee Lowe (20.0 ppg.) powers the Blue Devils' offense.

Pick: Ewing

9-Donovan Catholic (2-1) vs. 8-Toms River East (2-1), 7

Toms River East gets after folks on defense, be it in man to man or a 2-3 zone. Jordyn Madigan (10.6 ppg.), a 5-2 guard, sets the hustle meter high for the Raiders and 5-9 senior guard Kamryn Lister (8.0 ppg.) always poses a threat to explode on offense. Senior guard Adriana Hart (6.6 ppg.) is at her best driving from the wings to explore interior paths to the rim

Quick turnaround for Donovan Catholic, which lost to Manchester, 73-26, on Friday. The Griffins don't surrender much ground defensively, boast some size up front in 5-11 junior Jayda Kearney, 6-0 junior Karolina Jarusevicute and 5-9 senior Nalah Tinsley and 5-7 junior guard Paige Slaven can puncture a defense off the dribble.

Pick: Toms River East

16-Wall (0-3) vs. 1-Manchester (3-0), 8:30

Manchester, the defending WOBM Christmas Classic champion, is primed to defend its throne. The Hawks are soaring in virtually every facet of the game.

Sophomore swing Destiny Adams (17.0 ppg., 6.7 rpg.), her sister Dakota (12.3 ppg., 6.7 rpg.), senior point guard Kemari Reynolds (9.7 ppg., 6.0 apg.) and senior guard Serenity Anderson (4.3 ppg.) are all back from last year's cast. Oh yeah, the Hawks also have a new addition. Senior guard Leilani Correa, one of the state's premier players, transferred from Rutgers Prep and has instantly integrated into the system. The West Virginia recruit is averaging 19.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals.

Wall must contest with Manchester's size and speed advantages. The Crimson Knights, who feature 5-11 senior Kristen Campbell, 5-8 junior Nikki Russo and up-and-coming 5-9 junior Abby Nonnenberg, have to find a way to withstand the Hawks' defensive pressure, curtail their affinity for run outs and be especially precise executing the offense.

Pick: Manchester


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