Freehold girls basketball coach Jen Brzucki said her team “kind of crumbled at the end” when it played at four-time defending Shore Conference Class B North champion Neptune on Dec. 14 and lost by four points.
When the teams played for the second time on Thursday evening, the Colonials were able to finish the job.
Senior guard Kim Dana went 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute to break a 56-all tie and cap the scoring as unranked Colonials took out their second top 10 team in the last three days with a 60-56 win over Neptune, No. 6 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10.
The loss ended the Scarlet Fliers’ 59-game winning streak against Class B South opponents dating back to a 70-53 loss to Freehold on Jan. 15, 2008.
Dana finished with 14 points, senior guard and NJIT recruit Camerin Spahn finished with a team-high 18, and sophomore Sophia Duffy had 14 for Freehold (10-3, 5-2), which beat No. 3 and previously unbeaten Middletown South on Tuesday, 40-39.
For Neptune (9-4, 6-1), senior guard Ivy Harrington finished with a game-high 21 points.
With the loss, the longest divisional winning streak in the Shore Conference now belongs to Jackson Memorial, which has won 42 consecutive games in Class A South.
RB CATHOLIC 39, MANASQUAN 27: Alex Barazotti scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the second half, Caroline Corcoran added 11 and the No. 2 Caseys (12-0, 8-0) captured an ugly Class A Central win over the No. 8 Warriors (8-5, 4-4) to sweep the season series.
The Caseys are off to their best start since 2002-03. That team began the season 25-0, not losing until falling to St. John Vianney in the sectional final.
For Manasquan, junior forward Sam Sullivan finished with a team-high 13 points.
MIDD. SOUTH 64, COLTS NECK 41: Freshman guard Stephanie Karcz scored a game-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals to lead the No. 3 Eagles (12-1, 7-0) to a key Class A North victory over the Cougars (8-6, 4-3).
Wagner recruit Jackie Dluhi added 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Middletown South, which is now three games ahead of the rest of the division, with the exception of Middletown North. The Eagles’ lead over the Lions is two games with five to play.
For Colts Neck, senior guard Rachel Krauss finished with a team-high 13 points, while sophomore point guard Kaity Healy added 12.
MATAWAN 41, RED BANK 32: Amanda Carmichael scored nine of her team-high 15 points to lead the Huskies (9-3, 5-2) over the Bucs in a Class B North game.
Lauren Postell added seven of her 14 points in the second half for the Huskies.
Paris Van Loon scored seven of her team-high 10 points in the fourth quarter for the Bucs.
MARLBORO 35, FREEHOLD TWP. 24: Marlboro junior Haley Unger was a dominant force, scoring a game-high 19 points, including all 11 her team scored in the second quarter, while gathering 15 rebounds as the Mustangs (8-4, 4-3) defeated the Patriots (4-9, 3-4) in Class A North.
Freehold Township’s Taylor Devlin hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with a team-high eight points.
In boys basketball
CBA 68, MANALAPAN 49: Manalapan’s Anthony Firkser dealt out four assists to go along with his game-high 27 points, however, it was the Colts (10-4) who ran past the Braves (7-5) in this Class A North clash.
CBA’s Patrick Andree recorded a double-double leading the Colts in both scoring and rebounding with 21 and 12, while Louie Pillari followed suit with 15 points. Manalapan’s Michael Pyzik finished in with 11 points.
MANASQUAN 70, RED BANK CATHOLIC 52: J.R. Hobbie scored 11 of his team high 20 points in the first half, leading the Warriors (10-2, 7-1) over the Caseys (7-6, 3-5) in a Class A Central game. Tommy Toole also scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for the Warriors.
Eddie Hahn had 9 of his 12 points in the first half for the Caseys.