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Shore Conference Girls Basketball SCT Round 2 Recap


Thursday 2/9/23

#1 SJV 87 vs #17  Toms River East 20
Senior Zoe Brooks scored 21 points to help lead SJV into the quarterfinals of the SCT. The Sofilkanich sisters, Ashley (senior) and Taylor (freshman), both scored 11 points and dominated the boards. Freshman Madison Kocis knocked down two 3-pointers to finish with 8 points. SJV defense prevented anyone from TRE to score in double digits.  Junior Kaleigh Fitzgibbons and sophomore Adrianna Cruz both scored team highs 4 points. SJV advances to play #9 Holmdel Sunday at Middletown South at 10:00 am.

#9 Holmdel 49 vs #8 Toms River North 35
Holmdel was able to revenge last weeks loss to TRN and advance into the quarterfinals of the SCT. Senior Alexandra Loucopoulos led the team with 13 points while senior Erica Stoker added 12 points and 3 steals. Junior Allison Cannon had a great overall game scoring 10 points and 4 assists as well as 3 steals. Holmdel’s defense was able to limit junior Megan Sias to 7 points. Senior Arliana Torres led TRN with 12 points and had 5 steals. Holmdel will face #1 SJV Sunday at Middletown South at 10:00 am.

#5 Trinity Hall 55 vs #12 Howell 29
Trinity Hall picks up their third win over Howell this season and advances into the SCT quarterfinals. Junior Nina Emnace led all scorers with 19 points and senior Jill DeSio added 9 points for Trinity Hall. Howell was led by senior Kerry DeStefano with 10 points. Trinity Hall will face #4 St. Rose in a rematch from last years SCT that Trinity Hall won. The game will play Sunday at Middletown South at 11:45 am.

#4 St. Rose 71 vs #13 Jackson Memorial 51
Freshman Jada Lynch had a game-high 23 points to help St. Rose advance into the quarterfinals of the SCT. Senior Rosie Scognamiglio scored 15 points for the Roses and achieved a milestone, scoring her 1,000th point of her career. Jackson Memorial was led by senior Zoie Maffei with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Seniors Kamile Makselyte and Chloe Messer scored 13 and 11 points for the Lady Jags. St. Rose will play #5 Trinity Hall Sunday at Middletown South at 11:45 am. St. Rose lost to Trinity Hall last year during the SCT, but defeated them last week in a close game.

#3 Manasquan 81 vs #14 Manchester 26
Manasquan came out of the gates on fire, taking it to Manchester from the opening tip in an 81-26 win.  Manasquan hit 10 3’s for the game, and their solid ball movement led to many easy layups.  Manasquan took a 25-2 lead after 1 quarter, allowing Coach Kukoda to mix in the reserves and give the starters a break.

 Hope Masonius led Squan with 15 points and 9 boards.  Carlie Lapinski added 14, Shea Donnelly chipped in with 11, and Katie Collins had 8 points and 12 boards.  McKenna Karlsen, along with her 7 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 4 steals, played excellent D on the Shore’s leading scorer Devyn Quigley, “holding” her to 19 points.  Quigley also added 12 boards in the loss.

Manasquan moves on to play #6 RFH Sunday in the quarterfinals at Middletown South at 3:15 pm.

#6 Rumson-Fair Haven 53 vs #11 Shore Regional 47
Rumson was able to holdoff Shore Regional to advance to the quarterfinals of the SCT. Rumson was trailing 43-40 with about four minutes left in the game when senior Dylan Cahill stepped up hitting one of her five 3-pointers in the game.  Cahill led Rumson with a career-high 17 points and senior Julia Corsentino added 12 points. Senior Rylee Drahos led Shore Regional with 22 points. Rumson will face #3 Manasquan Sunday at Middletown South at 3:15 pm.

#7 Ocean Township 44 vs #10 Red Bank Regional 37
Ocean Township got a total team effort as they win their first SCT game since 2014 and advance into the SCT quarterfinals. Sophomore Kayden Clark led them in scoring with 11 points, while juniors Jineen Ayyash and Gamila Betton both added 9 points. Red Bank Regional was led by senior Josie Munson with a game high 19 points. Ocean will face #2 RBC on Sunday at Middletown South at 1:30 pm.

#2 RBC  55 vs #15 Ranney 33
RBC had a balanced offensive attack as they defeated Ranney to advance into the SCT quarterfinals. Sophomore Tessa Carman and freshman Daniela Maletsky both scored 9 points for RBC, while sophomore Christina Liggio and freshman Addy Nyemcheck both scored 7 points. Ranney was led by sophomore Haley Poser with 19 points. RBC will face #7 Ocean Township on Sunday at Middletown South 1:30 pm.

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