Mustangs Rising: Marlboro Makes Its Case
St. John Vianney solidified its ranking as the top team in the shore and state with a convincing 31-point victory over previously undefeated and second ranked Red Bank Catholic on Saturday. While the Caseys were without junior standout Justine Pissott (Covid-19 protocols) the Lady Lancers left little doubt they are a special bunch and if will take a superb effort for someone, anyone to know them off.
Making their case as a team to reckoned with in the home stretch of the season is Marlboro which quietly is undefeated with their latest victory over Saddle River Day, who was ranked 4th in New Jersey at the time. Sophomore Erica DiSimone exploded for a career-high 26 points and junior Sammy Jay added 23 for the Mustangs who have moved up to #6 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10. That is one of several moves in this week's rankings and more could be coming following this week's schedule.
1. St. John Vianney (8-0) Last week: 1
The Lady Lancers have taken on all challengers and passed with flying colors. This week's schedule includes a showdown with Trenton Catholic in a meeting of the top two teams in the state.
2. Red Bank Catholic (5-1) Last week: 2
With the Vianney loss now behind them the Caseys have to focus on a very challenging schedule this week which includes two games with Rumson-Fair Haven and matchups with Top Ten rivals Manchester and St. Rose.
3. St. Rose (7-1) Last Week: 3
Purple Roses were 2-0 last week which included an impressive 24-point win over Holmdel. Abby Antognoli has been terrific all season and got plenty of support from sophomore Rosie Scognamiglio who four 4 three-pointers and scored 20 against the Hornets. Montclair Immaculate highlights this week's schedule.
4. Manasquan (8-1) Last Week: 4
A fairly easy 3-0 week for the Warriors with freshman Hope Masonius averaging 14 points per game and giving fans and opponents an inkling of just how good she might be. Stuart Day and Montclair Immaculate highlight this week's schedule against out of area teams.
5. Manchester (7-2) Last Week: 5
Impressive wins over Life Center and Donovan Catholic helped the Hawks bounce back from a pair of losses to Manasquan the week before. Destiny Adams continues to pile up tremendous numbers for the Hawks who this week will face Jackson Memorial and Red Bank Catholic with a game against Point Boro in between.
6. Marlboro (8-0) Last week: 7
Mustangs are surging and games with Rumson and St. John Vianney this week could further enhance their resume for a high seed in whatever they are calling the end of season pod that will feature the top 8.
7. Rumson-Fair Haven (5-3) Last week: 6
A pair of easy wins for the Bulldogs who have a daunting task this week with two games against RBC and one against surging Marlboro.
8. Red Bank Regional (5-3) Last week: 9
The Bucs were no match against local rival Red Bank Catholic but did bounce back with a good win against Middletown South. Long Branch and Trinity Hall are on the schedule this week.
9. Donovan Catholic (5-1) Last week: 10
The Griffins lost their only game by 14 points to Manchester but manage to move up a spot. Olivia Conroy & Gabriella Ross combined for 41 but it was not enough as they were dominated by Destiny Adams. This week features a pair of games against Toms River North.
10. Holmdel (6-4) Last week: 8
A 28-point win over Matawan was followed up three days later with a perplexing 2-point loss to that same Huskie team. A loss the next day to St. Rose and the Hornets drop two spots. They'll try and turn things around this week with a pair of games against Matawan.