Shore Conference Girls Basketball Scoreboard, Friday Jan. 27
By Nicholas Lowe SSN Contributor
Manchester stays on top of B South with a win over Barnegat 51-40
Manchester was able to overcome a slow start and put together a strong second half to pick up a division win to stay tied with Central Regional in B South. Junior Devyn Quigley scored 22 of her 36 points in the second half for Manchester, which included 7 free throws in the 4th quarter to seal the game.
Barnegat was able to get out to an 11-6 lead in the first quarter led by senior Cara McCoy, who scored 6 out of her 12 points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Manchester was able to settle down in the second quarter on both ends of the court and tie the game going into halftime.
“They started the game hot,” Manchester Coach Dave Beauchemin said about Barnegat. “They took control in the first quarter and then towards the end of the first and in the second quarter we settled in. For us settling in is just getting right defensively and we create our rhythm that way. This has always been a tough place to play and this was a fun one tonight.”
Manchester freshman, Jordyn Felipe, knocked down two 3-pointers and junior Zionna Short hit one 3-pointer to help the Lady Hawks get out in front. Manchester was able to build their lead early in the 3rd quarter with 8 out of their first 10 points coming from other than Quigley.
“We started to get behind the defense and Devyn does a good job drawing attention to one direction and as we get better we can control where we want to draw people,” Beauchemin said. “Every time we get a bucket from anyone else it just feels, even to the other team, like it is a big shot and we had a couple of them in the second half.”
Another key reason Manchester was able to pick up a victory was their ability to get rebounds on both ends of the court, out rebounding Barnegat 40-33. Barnegat always does a good job with McCoy and sophomore Emma Thornton averaging 23 rebounds a game between them. Thornton finished with a team high 14 points and 19 rebounds for Barnegat.
Manchester and Central Regional are both 8-1 in B South. Both teams have one game left in the division, Manchester plays against Pinelands and Central Regional plays Barnegat.
“We have come a long way since the first Central game,” Quigley said. “We have been working and have gotten better since the season started. We have been preparing for this game since Monday because we knew it was going to be a hard game and we talked about our game plan and we got the win.”
Jackson Memorial (12-7) 63 vs Southern (3-15) 28
Senior Chloe Messer knocked down six 3-pointers, finishing with 28 points as the Jaguars picked up an A South victory. Senior Zoie Maffei finished with a double double, 17 points and 12 rebounds for Jackson Memorial. Southern was led by sophomore Samantha Russell with 8 points.
Brick Memorial (7-11) 46 vs Toms River South (4-14) 40
Senior Layla Marotta scored 12 points and junior Kayla Herzer added 10 points as the Mustangs picked up an A South win. Senior Cara Cribbin tied a career high 22 points for Toms River South.
Henry Hudson (7-7) 40 vs Keyport (7-8) 25
Point Beach (15-2) 43 vs Keansburg (9-4) 23
Senior Jada Clayton scored 16 points and junior Lauryn Case added 11 points as Point Beach clinched the B Central Division title over Keansburg. Sophomore Lindsay Rivera continues to lead Keansburg, finishing with 12 points.
Brick Township (3-13) 45 vs Pinelands (2-13) 22
Brick Township had four players score 8 or more points to help them pick up a B South victory. Sophomore Madalynn Dougherty scored 9 points to lead the Dragons. Pinelands were led by Natalie Rey with 11 points.
Central Regional (12-6) 41 vs Lacey (3-14) 35
Senior Riley Coltenback scored 17 points as Central Regional picked up a B South win to remain tied with Manchester for the top spot.
#9 Ocean Township (16-1) 60 vs Lakewood (0-14) 6
Ocean had two freshmen score career highs as they rolled to a C South victory. Ava Chebookjian scored 13 points and Yassmeen Youssef scored 9 points for Ocean Township.
Jackson Liberty (7-10) 44 vs Donovan Catholic (4-12) 38
Senior Ari Broughton scored a season high 27 points to help Jackson Liberty earn a C South win. Senior Gabby Ross led Donovan Catholic with 18 points.