Shore Conference Girls Basketball SCT Preview Round 1
By Nicholas Lowe & Doug Brustman SSN Contributor
Shore Conference Preview Round 1
#17 Toms River East at #16 Marlboro 4:00 - Winner faces #1 SJV Thursday
Toms River East is led by juniors Yana Shupak (10.7 ppg) and Sydney Murphy (8 ppg). Coach Cohen’s teams always play hard defense and will look to repeat what they did in last year’s SCT when they upset Red Bank Regional.
Marlboro is led by seniors Amanda Castro (12.7 ppg) and Erica DiSimone (10.75 ppg). They have been in big games since they’re freshman year and Marlboro will rely on their experience.
Pick - Marlboro
#21 Central Regional at #12 Howell 4:00 - Winner faces #5 Trinity Hall Thursday
Central Regional seniors Kelsey DiMichele (9.75 ppg) and Riley Coltenback (8.5 ppg). Central Regional will look to control the inside and use their size to win the rebound edge.
Howell is led by senior Kerry DeStefano (9.95 ppg) and junior Madison Smith (7 ppg). Howell has different options on offense and has different players step up at different points of the season. Sophomore Kiera McKown will be relied on to help Howell on the rebounding.
Pick - Howell
#20 Monmouth at #13 Jackson Memorial 5:00 - Winner plays #4 St. Rose Thursday
Monmouth is led by sophomore Amaya Harris (9.6 ppg) and junior Julia Biasi (4.6 ppg). Monmouth cracked the top 10 early in the year before junior Mia Troese went down with a season ending injury.
Jackson Memorial is led by seniors Chloe Messer (15.5 ppg) and Zoie Maffei (15.85 ppg). Maffei, who missed the start of season to injury, is playing her best basketball of the season at the right time. Jackson Memorial is tough defensively inside, which can cause problems for Monmouth.
Pick - Jackson Memorial
#19 Point Beach at #14 Manchester 4:00 - Winner plays #3 Manasquan Thursday
Point Beach is led by sophomore Erin Frauenheim (11.7 ppg) and junior Lauryn Case (8.8 ppg).
Point Beach ran through B Central to win the division and they have a young team that has played a lot of minutes the last two seasons.
Manchester is led by junior Devyn Quigley (35 ppg). Quigley is a great talent and Point Beach has not seen anyone on her level this season. She is able to attack any defense and she gets her teammates involved.
Pick - Manchester
#22 Barnegat at #11 Shore Regional 5:30 - Winner plays #6 Rumson Thursday
Barnegat is led by senior Cara McCoy (17.3 ppg) and sophomore Emma Thornton (16.5 ppg).
Barnegat has the talent to pull off the upset. They will look to control the boards like they have done most of the season and sophomore transfer Riley Fitzpatrick looks more comfortable each game she plays.
Shore Regional is led by senior Rylee Drahos (16.6 ppg) and sophomore Reese Fiore (13 ppg).
Shore’s defense produces a lot of turnovers which could be the difference in this game. They will also need junior Conley Smolokoff and senior Alana Martin to be aggressive on the rebounding end.
Pick - Shore Regional
#23 Keansburg at #10 Red Bank Regional 4:00 - Winner plays #7 Ocean Thursday
Keansburg is led by sophomore Lindsay Rivera (12.2 ppg) and senior Kiara Castera (6.8 ppg).
Rivera leads in points and rebounding but they have not faced a team like RBR and the height they have. Keansburg will need to work hard on the boards and on the defensive end to slow Munson down.
Red Bank Regional is led by senior Josie Munson (17.7 ppg) and sophomore Caroline Polloway (8.5 ppg). Munson can score inside and out for RBR and will be tough for Keansburg to stop. Polloway keeps playing better and better as the season moves on and will be tough to stop on the boards.
Pick - Red Bank Regional
#18 Long Branch at #15 Ranney 4:30 - Winner plays #2 RBC Thursday
Long Branch is led by sophomore Kimi Sayson (12.9 ppg) and senior Mya Hepburn (12.7 ppg).
Long Branch has gotten a huge spark since junior transfer Leilani Andrews has returned, averaging 13.5 ppg.
Ranney is led by sophomore Haley Poser (16.5 ppg) and senior Sarah Hughes (14 ppg).
Poser has been shooting the ball very well all season and Hughes has been playing great since returning from injury. They will rely on her leadership to help them advance.
Pick - Long Branch