SSN Girls Basketball Top 10 – Jan. 14
1-Red Bank Catholic (9-1, 5-0) Last week: 1
The Caseys picked up a 35-23 victory against Lenape on Saturday at the South Jersey vs. the Shore Showcase and have run off seven straight wins as the pacesetters in the stacked A Central. The perimeter coverage offered by guards Sophia Sabino, Toni Panayides, Justine Pissott, Casey Prior, Fab Eggenschwiler and Shaelyn Sabino opens the paint for 6-4 center Ally Carman to inflict damage. She poured in a career-high 29 points on Thursday when RBC downed Raritan, 77-30. The Caseys are imposing their defensive will, allowing 36.1 points per game.
2-St. John Vianney (9-0, 5-0) Last week: 2
The beat goes on for the Lady Lancers. On Friday, sophomore guard Madison St. Rose picked up 17 points and eight steals and junior guard Christina Whitehead scored 10 to power SJV over No. 6 Red Bank, 77-31. The following day, St. Rose exploded for a career-high 27 and junior guard Katie Hill flipped in 12 as the Lady Lancers toppled Washington Twp., 57-34, at South Jersey vs. the Shore. Sophomore Megan Cahalan, a 6-2 forward, provides a presence in the paint (7.1 ppg.) and SJV is turning up the defensive intensity (31.8 ppg.) to complement its firepower (65.8 ppg.).
3-Manchester (8-2, 4-0) Last week: 3
The Hawks picked up B South wins over Donovan Catholic and Point Boro before falling to Montverde Academy (Fla.) on Friday, 72-57, at the Metro Classic. Junior forward Destiny Adams continues to impose her will for Manchester (20.5 ppg., 13.2 rpg., 1.3 apg., 2.5 bpg., 3.3 spg.), collecting 23 points, 16 boards, five steals and four blocks in the loss. The Hawks are building quite the stable of guards around senior point Kemari Reynolds. Freshman Gabriella Ross and Angelica Velez, along with senior Nakaleigh Hayes-Jones, Serenity Anderson and Victoria Labrecque, junior Morgan Brustman and sophomores Myah Hourigan and Amyah Bray supply the depth and speed at the root of some fierce pressure defense (41.2 ppg.).
4-St. Rose (7-4, 4-1) Last week: 4
St. Rose is starting to pick up some steam in the A Central. The Purple Roses knocked off Shore, No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven and No. 7 Manasquan - all by double digits - to build some much-needed momentum, even in light of a 41-40 loss to Cherokee on Saturday at the South Jersey vs. Shore Showcase. Senior guard Brynn Farrell sets the offensive tone (21.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg.), junior point Abby Antognoli (8.9 ppg., 2.4 apg.) establishes the pace and directon and seniors Makayla Andrews (10.8 ppg., 6.1 rpg.) and Maria Tedesco (6.2 ppg., 5.4 rpg.), along with junior Maureen Stapleton (5.0 ppg., 4..0 rpg.), patrol the glass.
5-Rumson-Fair Haven (6-2, 3-2) Last week: 5
The Bulldogs rebounded from back-to-back losses against No. 1 RBC and No. 4 St. Rose that ended their season-opening four-game win streak by topping Bishop Eustace, 49-44, at the South Jersey vs. the Shore Showcase and Holmdel, 49-48 on Monday. Senior point guard Paige Slaven (12.5 ppg.) had a significant hand in both victories. She pumped in 18 on Saturday to determine the outcome in the former and capped a 19-point showing in the latter with a buzzer-beating layup against Holmdel.
6-Red Bank (7-2, 3-1) Last week: 6
The Bucs felt the wrath of No. 2 St. John Vianney on Friday, bowing, 77-31, but responded on Saturday by pulling out a 64-62 victory against New Dorp (NY) at the Coaches Choice in Bound Brook. Senior guard Taylor Crystian netted 19 points in the win and junior off-guard Chloe Teter hit for 15, keyed by three 3-pointers. Teter (15.0 ppg.) is sizzling, averaging 16.0 over the last four contests.
7-Manasquan (7-3, 3-2) Last week: 8
Manasquan ripped off three consecutive victories, including a 47-42 decision over host Rancocas Valley on Saturday at South Jersey vs. the Shore, before falling to No. 4 St. Rose, 45-29, on Monday. Sophomores Brooke Hollawell (13.1 ppg.) and Georgia Heine (9.4 ppg.) have been the offensive catalysts with an interior assist from classmate Dorothy Loffredo (7.3 ppg.), who has been difficult to deny on the glass.
8-Jackson Memorial (6-2, 4-0) Last week: 7
A string of three straight triumphs was interrupted on Saturday with a 56-51 loss to Gloucester Catholic at the South Jersey vs. the Shore Showcase but the winning resumed in a big way on Monday, thanks, in part, to Rachel Capua. The junior guard buried seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 32 points as the Jags stormed past Donovan Catholic, 81-47. Capua is delivering 19.3 points per game and has accumulated 24 threes, complementing senior guard Kristina Donza (22.2 ppg.), who scored 31 versus Donovan Catholic. Senior guard Bianca Giordano is handing out 6.5 assists a night.
9-Marlboro (8-2, 4-0) Last week: 10
With sizable victories over both Long Branch and Middletown South, the Mustangs made it clear they aren't prepared to relinquish their A North crown. Marlboro has rattled off four straight wins, including a 60-51 triumph over Neptune on Saturday which featured 14 points from junior Sammy Jay and 13 out of sophomore Dani Schlesinger as well as freshman Erica DiSimone.
10-Toms River North (6-1, 4-0) Last week: NR
The Mariners debut in the Top 10 on the crest of a four-game win streak. They are keeping pace with No. 8 Jackson Memorial in the chase to defend their A South title and will collide with the Jaguars on Jan. 21. Senior wing Kristina Johnson has been a consistent source for points while sophomore guards Sydney Howell (8.8 ppg.) and Faith Wavershak (9.1 ppg.) have welcomed the addition of freshman Julia Grodzicki (5.0 ppg.) to the backcourt alliance.
On the bubble: Colts Neck (4-4, 2-3); Neptune (6-2, 4-0); Middletown South (4-3, 3-1), Long Branch (5-1, 2-1).