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Shore Conference Girls Basketball NJSIAA Sectional Scoreboard

Central Jersey Group IV

(5) Jackson Memorial 61-44 at (1) Hightstown
Jackson Memorial moves one step closer in defending their CJG4 title with a hard fought win over top seeded Hightstown. The Lady Jags had two players with double-doubles, seniors Zoie Maffei and Kamile Makselyte. Maffei finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Makeselyte, who had a big first half, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Chloe Messer was perfect 5 for 5 from the foul line to finish with 12 points. Senior Kyla Glasser-Hyman finished with 20 points for Hightstown. Jackson Memorial will travel to #3 Monroe on Monday.

(3) Monroe 59-42 at (2) South Brunswick

Central Jersey Group III

(4) Allentown at (1) Ewing  72-16

(3) Red Bank Regional at (2) Ocean 38-36
In a game that came down to the final seconds, Ocean Township was able to knock down a couple free throws to beat Red Bank for the second time in two weeks. Red Bank had an open look at the basket with 14 seconds left to take the lead, but could not convert. Junior Eli Clark had a game-high 19 points and 9 rebounds for Ocean. Senior Josie Munson led Red Bank with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Ocean will travel to #1 Ewing on Tuesday for the CJG3 Title.

Central Jersey Group II

(4) Rumson-Fair Haven at (1) New Providence 54-48
In a rematch from last year, New Providence was able to eliminate Rumson for the second straight year. Gracie Kinum had a game-high 26 points and Meghan Lamanna added 17 points for New Providence. Marist commit Julia Corsentino ended her great career with 15 points. Junior Raquel Guidetti scored 11 points and sophomore Sylvie Notine added 10 points for Rumson. New Providence will host #2 Manasquan in a rematch of last season on Monday.

(3) Holmdel  at (2) Manasquan 49-39
Manasquan advances to the CJG2 finals for the 9th time out of 10 years, with the covid season being the exception. Junior Katie Collins, who was last week’s Player of the Week, finished with a team-high 15 points and junior Hope Masonious added 14 points for Manasquan. Holmdel was led by junior Allison Cannon with a game-high 21 points and senior Alexandra Loucopoulos added 14 points. Manasquan will attempt to win their 9th straight CJG2 title when they travel Monday to take on #1 New Providence.

Central Jersey Group I

(4) Point Beach at (1) Shore Regional 61-41
Shore Regional advanced one step closer in defending their CJG1 title with a strong 4th quarter performance. Leading 23-7 after the first quarter, Point Beach was able to claw back and even took a lead in the third quarter. Shore Regional was led by sophomore Antonette Russo, who scored a career high 17 points. Senior Rylee Drahos added 16 points and had 8 out of Shore Regional’s 23 steals.  Point Beach was led by senior Jada Clayton with 16 points and sophomore Erin Frauenheim finished with 14 points. Shore Regional will host #2 Middlesex on Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

(3) Dunellen at (2) Middlesex 69-42

South Jersey Non-Public A

(9) Our Lady of Mercy  at (1) SJV 67-39
SJV had three players score double digits in their first game of the state playoffs. Senior Ashley Sofilkanich led SJV with 13 points and junior Julia Karpell and freshman Madison Kocis both had 10 points. Our Lady of Mercy was led by Madelynn Bernhardt with a game-high 14 points. SJV will host #4 RBC on Monday, a rematch of the SCT finals.

(5) St. Thomas Aquinas at (4) Red Bank Catholic 47-38
Freshman Tessa Liggio scored a team-high 12 points and sophomore Tessa Carman added 7 points as RBC battles back after a slow first quarter start. RBC outscored STA 20-4 in the second quarter behind a fast pace by the freshman class. Seniors Casey Prior and Molly Kelly were able to close the game out at the foul line. STA was led by Jessica Cooper with a game-high 14 points. RBC will face #1 SJV in a rematch of the SCT final on Monday.

(6) Camden Catholic 56-55 at (3) Trinity Hall
A game that went down to the wire, Camden Catholic was able to upset the #3 seed Trinity Hall. Kassidy Thompson had a game-high 25 points for Camden Catholic. Trinity Hall was led by junior Nina Emnace with 20 points and freshman Grace Freeney added 10 points. Freshman Teagan Drennan knocked three 3-pointers to finish with 9 points. Camden Catholic will play #2 Paul VI on Monday.

(10) Notre Dame  at (2) Paul VI 88-33

South Jersey Non-Public B

8) Gloucester Catholic  at (1) Wildwood Catholic 41-34

(5) Holy Spirit 67-60 at (4) Holy Cross Prep

(6) Trenton Catholic at (3) Rutgers Prep 91-43

(7) Bishop Eustace  at (2) St. Rose 77-23
Junior Tanaiyah Decker led St. Rose with 17 points and freshman Jada Lynch added 11 points to help the Roses advance into South Non-Public B semifinals. St. Rose had six players score 7 or more points in the game.  Bishop Eustace was led by Giavanna Rogers with 6 points. St. Rose will host #3 Rutgers Prep on Monday. Rutgers Prep is currently ranked 3rd in New Jersey.

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