Tara Inman, Lauren Kelly, Morgan Graziano and Tori Cardaci combined to score 35 of Holmdel’s 37 first-half points as the Hornets raced to a 37-15 halftime lead en route to a 65-23 win over Mater Dei in the semifinal round of the Bayshore Holiday Tournament at Holmdel High School.
Inman, a senior guard, scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the first half and finished the game with four 3-pointers. Kelly scored all nine of her points in the first half. Cardaci finished with 12 points and Graziano seven in the win.
Holmdel (3-1) will host Middletown South, ranked No. 5 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Seraphs (1-3) will play Spotswood in the consolation game at noon.
MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 65, SPOTSWOOD 32: Kiera Gannon scored nine of her 12 points as part of a 16-6 first quarter for the No. 5 Eagles (5-0) as they ran away from the Chargers (3-1) in the other Bayshore semifinal.
Gannon added six rebounds and four steals for Middletown South, which forced 42 Spotswood turnovers.
Freshman guard Stephanie Karcz had 17 points as six Eagles scored at least six points in the win.
AT THE MOUNT ST. DOMINIC FESTIVAL
ST. JOHN VIANNEY 66, TEANECK 44: Freshman point guard Kelly Campbell scored 16 of her game-high 27 points in the first half, shot 12-for-14 overall from the field, and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals as the No. 1 Lancers (4-0) ran past the Highwaywomen, who have been to the NJSIAA Group III final each of the last two seasons.
Campbell was backed by senior teammate, Lyndsay Rowe, who contributed 15 points, six steals, and four rebounds. Junior forward Katie Beriont added nine points.
The Lancers will play DePaul on Saturday and 2012 Tournament of Champions finalist Gill St. Bernard’s on Sunday.
AT THE GENEVIEVE HAWLEY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
KEANSBURG 51, SOUTH AMBOY 47: Senior guard Amanda Jeffery scored 16 points, senior guard Kim McNelis added 13 and freshman guard Stephanie Walters contributed 12 for the host Titans (2-2) in their win over the Governors in the semifinals.
Junior center Ashley Andalora’s putback with 40 seconds left in regulation put the Titans ahead to stay, 49-47. McNelis buried a two-shot foul for a 51-47 lead with four seconds to go. Walters’ trey with one minute remaining tied the game at 47.
Walters scored seven and McNelis netted five in the fourth quarter, respectively. The teams entered the final eight minutes tied at 32.
Jeffery put home six in a 13-6 first-quarter output.
The Titans will host South River 12:30 p.m. today in the championship game.
AT THE WARRIOR CLASSIC
POINT BEACH 63, NOTTINGHAM 39: Katelynn Flaherty and Marina Mabrey each scored 26 points as the Garnet Gulls (4-0) moved past the Northstars (0-3) in a semifinal.
Flaherty, a junior guard, also recorded seven steals and six assists while Mabrey, a sophomore guard, added seven rebounds, seven assists, and five steals.
Garnet Gulls senior forward Eva Motto added seven points.
IN THE BEARS INVITATIONAL
Lacey’s Ben Mrozinski (113) and Luke Fernandez (170) won championships as the Lions finished tied for second in the 16-team tournament at East Brunswick.
Lacey and Hopewell Valley both finished with 72 points, 12.5 behind first-place East Brunswick.
Mrozinski, the District 24 third-place finisher at 119 last year, defeated Governor Livingston’s Joe Colder, 5-1. Fernandez, who had three pins in a combined 5:01 in the tournament, pinned East Brunswick’s Samuel Kim in 1:33 to win his second tournament title of the season. He also won the championship at the TCNJ Pride Tournament.
Matawan’s Chris Hartigan (152), a two-time District 21 runner-up at 152, was the Shore’s other champion. Hartigan defeated South River’s Mike Zyskowski, the District 20 champion at 145 last year, 4-3. Matawan finished seventh in the team standings.
IN THE CLIPPER CLASSIC
Red Bank Catholic’s Chris Whitlock (160) and Shawn McCord (220) won championships and the Caseys finished fourth in the eight-team tournament at Clayton High School, Gloucester County.
It was the second tournament title of the season for both Whitlock and McCord. McCord also had a pin over Neptune’s John Seidle, the District 23 champion at 220 last year.
IN ICE HOCKEY
POINT BORO 4, SOUTHERN 3: In the waning seconds of the third period, Point Beach’s Carter Klotz jabbed at a loose puck in front of the net and poked it past the Southern netminder to snap a 3-3 tie and push the Garnet Gulls (6-1) past the feisty Rams in a Holiday Tournament meeting at Winding River Rink in Toms River.
The Rams held a 2-0 lead entering the third period after having taken control with their physical play and knocking the Garnet Gulls off their fast-paced offensive game. However, a quick goal that came off Steven Kovaleski’s stick 21 seconds into the closing period sparked Point Beach.
Kovaleski would follow that first marker with a second at 6:55 via freshman Kyle Niekrasz, knotting the game at two. But the tie wouldn’t stand for long as Connor McGlynn picked up his second goal of the game one minute later as Southern regained the lead at 3-2.
Klotz then preceeded his game-winning goal with a tying strike at 14:49 from Kovaleski before ending it regulation 54 second later.
Southern’s Nate Bissey stopped 14 of 17 shots while Panthers goaltender Kyle Pinder made 19 stops.
During the Red Raider Holiday Classic at Brunswick Zone in Hazlet, Ocean’s Kenny Ryan led the Spartans to second place by reaching rarified air with a 300 inidividual game and an impressive series score of 728. However, it was the Colts of CBA who would earn the team title.
Ocean won the girls side of the competition with Marisa Rino leading the way, earning a game-high of 221. Middletown South’s Meghan Davidson bowled a high series of 503 while leading the Eagles to a second-place finish.