For the Jackson Memorial girls basketball team, No. 9 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, Friday’s Shore Conference Class A South contest at Southern was a good test to see how it would react without its best player, Hannah Missry
It wasn’t pretty, but the Jaguars showed they are more than just one player.
Senior guard Stephanie Mason hit three 3-pointers and scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime as the Jaguars got by the Rams, 36-25.
Morgan Williams added 13 points for Jackson Memorial, which won its 39th consecutive divisional game.
Missry, a Fordham recruit and the Shore Conference leader in 3-pointers last season as a junior, was injured in the fourth quarter of the WOBM Christmas Classic third-place game on Sunday. What was initially feared to be as a serious injury was diagnosed as a sprained ligament between her right foot and ankle after X-rays came back negative on Monday.
The hope was that Missry could play Friday, but the foot was still tender on Friday afternoon and the decision was made to sit. The Jaguars are back in action on Monday at home against Toms River North.
FREEHOLD 58, FREEHOLD TWP. 36: Sophomore Rebecca Cobb scored eight of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Colonials (6-1) past the Patriots (3-5) in a nondivisional game.
Senior guard and NJIT recruit Camerin Spahn scored eight of her 14 points in a 20-10 third quarter for Freehold, which has won six straight games after narrowly falling to Neptune in the season opener for both teams.
For Freehold Township, sophomore guard Samantha Famulare finished with a team-high 10 points.
POINT BEACH 53, HENRY HUDSON 26: Junior point guard Katelynn Flaherty scored 22 points, including 14 in the first half, and added eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Garnet Gulls (6-0, 4-0) in their Class B Central win over the Admirals (0-4, 0-4).
Sophomore guard Marina Mabrey added 15 points, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist. Flaherty scored eight and Chloe Johnson added five in a 20-4 first quarter.
Mabrey netted 11 first-half points, nine in the second quarter. Johnson grabbed six rebounds.
MATER DEI PREP 60, ASBURY PARK 27: Sophomore guard Lindsey Florio scored 8 of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter, leading the Seraphs (2-4, 2-2) over the Bishops (1-5, 1-3) in a Class B Central game. Danielle Juelis also scored 8 of her 12 points in the first quarter for the Seraphs.
Porschia Witherspoon scored 8 of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter for the Bishops.
KEYPORT 48, KEANSBURG 23: Senior Samantha Cortez scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the second half and the Red Raiders (3-3, 3-1) ran away from the Titans (3-4, 1-3) in Class B Central.
Junior Rachel Trigg added 11 points for Keyport.
CENTRAL 56, LAKEWOOD 17: Sophomore guard Katelyn Kuster scored the first nine points of the game on her way to a game-high 20 to go along with five rebounds and three steals as the Golden Eagles (3-3, 2-2) downed the Piners (0-6, 0-3) in Class B South.
Kuster led three players in double figures, as Rachel Iozzia and Brianne Allender finished with 14 points and 10 points, respectively.
MATAWAN 45, MIDD. NORTH 34: Montana Bertoli scored six of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter, leading the Huskies (5-2) over the Lions (5-2) in a nondivisional game.
Emily Lavin scored five of her team-high 10 points in the first quarter for the Lions.