SSN Girls Basketball Top 10 – Jan. 27
Shore Sports Network Girls Basketball Top 10
1-St. John Vianney (14-0, 8-0) Last week: 2
The unbeaten Lady Lancers ascend to the top of the poll for the first time this season and have earned the right to take the throne. Their depth is both endless and fruitful, allowing Vianney to sustain a brisk pace encouraged by its hounding pressure defense. Sophomore Madison St. Rose and juniors Christina Whitehead and Katie Hill team with junior Emma Bruen in a loaded backcourt that surrounds and feeds 6-2 sophomore Megan Cahalan in the post. The Lancers stamped their claim to No. 1 on Sunday, storming past Albertus Magnus (NY), 92-52, at the Coaches Choices Shore Conference Showcase, riding its offensive balance and a perimeter outburst that yielded a doze 3-pointers. St. Rose was at the forefront, collecting 26 points, seven steals, six assists and five boards.
2-Red Bank Catholic (13-2, 8-0) Last week: 1
The Caseys had thier 11-game win streak snapped on Sunday, painfully falling to Rutgers Prep, 47-41, at the Coaches Choice Showcase. A prosperous start that saw RBC seize a 15-4 lead after one quarter was offset by the Argonauts rebuttling with a 43-26 response over the final three periods. Despite the setback, sophomore guard Justine Pissott remains red hot. She pumped in 20 against Rutgers Prep, including five 3-pointers to run her season sum to 38.
3-Manchester (13-2, 8-0) Last week: 3
The Hawks scored a monumental win on Saturday, edging Winston-Salem Christian (NC), 52-48, behind the spark offered from senior point guard Kemari Reynolds, who netted a season-high 15. They went toe-to-toe with highly-accalimed Trenton Catholic on Sunday at the Coaches Choice Showcase, utlimately falling, 71-61, despite 6-3 junior forward Destiny Adams going off for 20 points and 23 rebounds.
4-St. Rose (11-4, 7-1) Last week: 4
Down, 20-13, at the half against Mount St. Mary on Sunday at the Coaches Choice Showcase, St. Rose rallied behind Brynn Farrell to pick up a 48-45 decision, marking its fifth consecutive victory. The senior guard pumped in all but two of her 28 points in the second half to fuel the comeback.
5-Red Bank (11-3, 7-1) Last week: 6
The Bucs scored wins over Wall and Middletown North to stay just a game back of St. John Vianney in the B North race but had their five-game win streak snapped on Sunday with a 58-48 loss to Wildwood Catholic at the ESPN Shootout in Ocean City. Junior guard Amelia Medolla shined during the 66-39 triumph over host Middletown North at the Slam Dunk Autism event on Saturday, hitting four threes en route to 17 points that complemented 10 rebounds.
6-Marlboro (11-2, 6-0) Last week: 9
The Mustangs make a significant leap based on their convincing 71-57 triumph against Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday at the Slam Dunk Autism showcase. It was a vintage Marlboro victory that featured 17 3-pointers, including five apiece from sophomore guard Dani Schlesinger, who finished with a season-high 19, and junior forward Jessica Riepe, who ended with 17.
7-Rumson-Fair Haven (11-3, 6-2) Last week: 5
The Bulldogs ran off seven victories in a row before falling to No. 6 Marlboro, impressing particularly on the defensive end, where they limited opponents to 35.0 points a game during the winning stretch. Senior forward Lucy Adams leads the interior resistance as well as the Dawgs' work on the glass while freshmen Julia Corsentino and Julia Shanes, along with sophomores Grace Colucci and Charley Rosen, give RFH depth in the backcourt.
8-Jackson Memorial (11-2, 8-0) Last week: 8
The Jaguars cemented their case as the team to beat in A South by upending defending champion Toms River North, 55-44, on Tuesday, arguably the biggest decision within their current string of six straight triumphs. Senior guard Kristina Donza (26.6 ppg.) and junior guard Rachel Capua (18.2 ppg.) headline the scoring output but senior point guard Bianca Giordano (6.3 apg.) deserves credit for her shrewd direction of the offense.
9-Manasquan (9-5, 5-3) Last week: 7
Sophomore forward Dorothy Loffredo dropped in a career-high 15 points on Friday when the Warriors downed Raritan, 53-34, to present coach Lisa Kukoda with her 200th career win. Manasquan has gotten an additional boost from 6-0 sophomore Mary Donnelly, who has clicked for 11.0 points per game in her first three outings since becoming eligible after transferring from St. Rose.
10-Neptune (10-4, 6-2) Last week: NR
The Scarlet Fliers debut in the poll on the crest of a four-game win streak that included a 38-34 decision against Colts Neck, avenging a 59-44 loss to the Cougars on Dec. 22 in the opening round of the WOBM Christmas Classic. Senior forward Macy Brackett (17.4 ppg.) is in the midst of a torrid hot streak, averaging 23.5 points and 9.7 rebounds during the current tear. Her play in the paint is balanced by the backcourt work of sophomore guards Amaya Evans (13.7 ppg.) and Ahjanae Young (10.3 ppg.).
On the bubble: Toms River North (8-3, 6-2); Colts Neck (7-5, 4-4); Middletown South (7-4, 6-1); Toms River East (7-5, 5-3).
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