Shore Conference girls hoops final four is set

Shore Conference girls hoops final four is set

first_img And then there was one. While three local high school basketball teams entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, only one emerged victorious and advanced to this week’s semifinal round. The St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team is the top seed in the tourney and the Lancers looked every bit like the teamto beat on Sunday in defeatingNo. 8 seed Freehold, 56-47. Junior guard Katelyn Linney had 18 points to put the Lancers into the semifinals where they were set to face a familiar foe, Red Bank Catholic, in the semifinals on Feb. 26 in Toms River. The two-time defending champion Red Bank Catholic Caseys advanced with a 48- 45 win over St. Rose on Sunday, as senior forward Kristina Danella continued to play like one of the very best players in the state with a dominating 29-point effort. The Caseys have overcome a slew of injuries this year, but remain a tremendous threat to end the Lancers’ title run. In the other girls semifinal, No. 2 seed ColtsNeck will take onNo. 3 seed Rumson- Fair Haven Regional. Colts Neck advanced by knocking off No. 7 seed Raritan, 56-35, in impressive fashion in Long Branch on Sunday. Sophomore guard Lauren Clarke had a game-high 22 points and sophomore point guard Brooke Hampton added 17 for the Cougars, who reached the SCT semifinals for the first time in school history. Junior guard Alexa Ryan led Raritan with 15 points. Rumson advanced to the semifinals with a tough 40-34 win overHowell in overtime on Sunday. Junior Kate Miller scored six of Rumson’s seven points in overtime to bring home the win, and scored 26 of Rumson’s 40 points in the game. This game included some controversy at the end of regulation. Howell’s Denise Crudup sank three free throws with no time left to send the game into overtime after she was fouled on a three-point field goal attempt after Howell inbounded the ball with three-tenths of a second left. The late whistle came as a shock to the Bulldogs, who seemingly had the game won. However, behind Miller’s heroics, Rumson survived in OT. “We just knew that we had to go out in overtime and win it,” Miller said following the win. “On the scoreboard it said we were tied and that’s all that mattered. We just needed to go out there and beat themagain. We’d already beat them once, we just needed to do it again. “The whole series of events kind of helped us,” she added. “We came out in the overtime fired up. We knew that we had to work harder than we had the entire game …and that’s what we did, we played harder and played well.” The winners of Tuesday’s semifinals will meet in the tournament’s championship game on Feb. 23 at the Ritacco Center in Toms River at 5 p.m. As for Raritan, the Rockets will turn their attention to the upcoming NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament, where as the No. 5 seed they will host No. 12 seed Hillside in the first round on Feb. 25. Christian Brothers Academy entered the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals facing what many people are calling the hottest team in the conference, Monmouth Regional High School. After knocking off Central Regional, 65- 50, in the second round, Coach Geoff Billet’s CBA Colts took on a Golden Falcons team that rolled over Toms RiverNorth, 72-46, in its first tournament game. On Sunday,Monmouth Regional continued to roll, handing the Colts a 55-50 loss as sophomore Neil Thompson led the way with 23 points and junior center Joe Willman added 17 points. Senior guard Mike Kuhn led CBAwith 15 points, getting 10 of his points in the second quarter to put the Colts ahead as they closed the half on a 9-2 run. With the win, the Falcons advanced to meet Class B North rival and No. 1 seed Neptune in the SCT semifinals at 6 p.m. at the Ritacco Center tomorrow. Neptune had little trouble with Asbury Park in their quarterfinal game, handing the Blue Bishops a 67-44 loss. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 seed Monsignor Donovan beat Red Bank, 50-48, in overtime despite 34 points from Red Bank’sWill Sanborn. The Griffins will face Colts Neck in the other SCT semifinal tomorrow. Colts Neck beat Freehold, 58-45, in its quarterfinal behind senior Steve Spinellla’s 30-point effort. The semifinal winners will play for the tournament title on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritacco Center. CBAwill play in theNon-Public SouthA tournament, where it will face Monsignor Donovan on Feb. 26 in the first round. BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent last_img

 

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