SSN Girls Basketball Top 10 – Feb. 10
Shore Sports Network Girls Basketball Top 10
1-St. John Vianney (18-1, 11-0) Last week: 1
The Lady Lancers rebounded from their loss to Long Island Lutheran by rattling off three overwhelming victories, including a 63-31 showing against No.5 Red Bank and a 65-39 road win at Christ the King (NY) on Thursday. Sophomore guard Madison St. Rose was influential in both, collecting 20 points and 10 boards in the former and depositing 25 in the latter.
2-Manchester (18-3, 12-0) Last week: 2
A 43-37 victory over host Mainland on Saturday at the War vs. the Shore extended the Hawks’ win streak to five. Junior forward Destiny Adams recorded her 11th double-double in the triumph, supplying 18 points and 10 boards. Manchester can lock up a second-straight outright B South crown with a victory at Lakewood on Tuesday.
3-Red Bank Catholic (17-3, 11-1) Last week: 3
The Caseys picked up three victories last week, the last being the most notable. The backcourt trio of junior Sophia Sabino (15 points), sophomore Justine Pissott (21 points) and freshman Casey Prior (11 points) powered a 73-36 decision against No. 6 Marlboro. That win tied coach Joe Montano with former Rumson-Fair Haven girls coach George Sourlis as the all-time leaders for career basketball victories in the Shore Conference with 653. Montano can stand alone with an RBC win on Tuesday against No. 9 Manasquan.
4-St. Rose (14-6, 10-2) Last week: 4
The Purple Roses put together a pair of impressive A Central performances. Senior forward Makayla Andrews backed up 29 points with 11 rebounds on Tuesday when St. Rose stormed past No. 7 Rumson-Fair Haven, 76-50, and senior guard Brynn Farrell pumped in 29 of her own two nights later to spark the Roses to a 68-54 win over No. 9 Manasquan.
5-Red Bank (15-4, 10-2) Last week: 5
Junior guard Caitlyn Decker one of her four steals into a layup with nine seconds left in regulation to lift the Bucs by Neptune, 57-55. Backcourt members Amelia Medolla (16 points) and Taylor Crystian (15 points) combined for seven 3-pointers on Saturday in a 49-29 triumph over Absegami.
6-Marlboro (15-3, 10-0) Last week: 6
Wins over No. 10 Long Branch and Middletown South pushed the Mustangs two steps closer to a second straight A North title. Sophomore Dani Schlesinger had 14 points in the 57-49 decision against Long Branch while junior forward Jessica Riepe splashed six threes and totaled 22 points in the 53-40 showing against the Eagles. Marlboro had its 12-game win streak snapped on Saturday by No. 3 Red Bank Catholic.
7-Rumson-Fair Haven (14-5, 8-4) Last week: 7
A spark from junior guard Cortland McBarron, who provided 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, coupled with a season-high 10 points from senior guard Sophia Passalaqua ignited the Bulldogs in a 51-40 road win at Holmdel on Friday. The quality victory was an ideal rebound from a 76-50 loss to No. 4 St. Rose
8-Jackson Memorial (17-2, 12-0) Last week: 8
A 61-29 triumph against Toms River South on Thursday locked up the A South crown for the Jags and was marked by junior guard Rachel Capua netting 22 points, including the 1,000th of her career. On Saturday, senior guard Kristina Donza pumped in 32, Capua flipped in 31 and freshman Zoie Maffei scored a season-high 10 in an 89-70 victory at Howell.
9-Manasquan (12-8, 8-4) Last week: 9
The youthful Warriors absorbed a pair of losses, neither to be ashamed of. Manasquan was valiant on Thursday in a 68-54 setback to No. 4 St. Rose, 68-54, and bowed to Middle Twp., 47-44, at the War vs. the Shore on Saturday.
10-Long Branch (13-4, 6-4) Last week: 10
The Green Wave hung tough with No. 6 Marlboro on Tuesday, getting double-doubles from seniors Anyssa Fields (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Madison Grayson (19 points, 10 rebounds) in a 57-49 loss. Long Branch bounced back on Friday, repaying Howell for a 47-43 setback on Jan. 14 with a 48-39 triumph that featured 18 points and six boards from junior guard Jada Rogers as well as Fields’ 14th double-double of the season (23 points, 15 rebounds).
On the bubble: Neptune (13-6, 9-3); Trinity Hall (14-5, 12-0); Donovan Catholic (14-6, 10-2); Toms River North (14-4, 9-3).