Panthers still on course to reach goal

Panthers still on course to reach goal


Panthers still on course to reach goal


The members of Point Boro’s girls basketball team have stated more than once this season that winning a Shore Conference Tournament is among their main goals. Down seven with 1:33 to play in a quarterfinal against 14th seed and defending SCT champion St. Rose, that goal almost suffered an early exit.

With their backs to the wall, the third-seeded Panthers charged back, got two Kelly Hughes free throws with two seconds left to force overtime. Once there, Hughes and her teammates took control.

Hughes, a senior guard bound for Boston College in the fall, scored 17 of her game-high 33 points between the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the way as Point Boro outlasted St. Rose, 75-67, to advance to the SCT quarterfinals for the third straight season.

The Panthers (22-1) will oppose No. 6-seed Holmdel on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the third of four quarterfinals at Brookdale Community College.

Hughes was one of four players to register double-doubles. She added 13 rebounds, her twin sister, Lauren, had 11 points and 13 boards, Jess Macchi 11 points and 15 boards, and Kerry Malleck 15 points and 10 boards.

Jess Louro scored a team-high 19 points for St. Rose, which had Kat Phipps, Sarah Kurtz and Payton Smith all foul out.

HOLMDEL 60, MARLBORO 38: Tara Inman scored 17 points, Morgan Graziano netted 16, Cassie Fontana tossed in 15 and Tori Cardaci added 10, leading the sixth-seeded Hornets (15-7) past the 11th-seeded Mustangs (15-6).

Inman and Fontana grabbed seven rebounds each, while Inman had six steals. Cardaci made six steals and added four assists.

Fontana scored five third-quarter points, keying an 11-6 run to help the Hornets to a 38-28 lead. Graziano tossed in 12 in a 22-10 fourth-quarter surge.

Inman scored 10 and Fontana netted eight in the first half, when Holmdel took a 27-22 lead.

Nicole Shatsky paced Marlboro with 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. Haley Unger added 11, five in the second quarter.

RB CATHOLIC 57, JACKSON MEM. 41: Senior guard Caroline Corcoran scored five first-quarter points on her way to 12, junior guard Grace Fallon added 12 and Alex Barazotti added 10 as the top-seeded Caseys (21-1) ran away from and then held off the 16th-seeded Jaguars (16-6) in a rematch of a Caseys win on Jan. 19.

Senior guard Steph Mason finished with a game-high 22 for Jackson Memorial, while senior guard Hannah Missry added 11.

Red Bank Catholic, which has not lost to a New Jersey team this season, will face No. 8-seed and Class A Central rival Manasquan for the third time in Saturday’s SCT quarterfinals at 11 a.m.

MANASQUAN 46, NEPTUNE 41: Junior forward Sam Sullivan scored seven first-quarter points and 13 of her game-high 17 in the first half and added 14 rebounds as the eighth-seeded Warriors, an SCT finalist a year ago, advanced past the ninth-seeded Scarlet Fliers (17-5).

Junior guard Courtney Hagaman added nine points, while Sullivan did the job defensively on athletic Neptune senior forward Ivy Harrington, who was held to just five points.

Neptune was paced by a team-high 14 points from junior forward Iyonna Crenshaw.

SJ VIANNEY 61, MATAWAN 47: Freshman guard Emily Uribe scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half, junior forward Katie Beriont and freshman point guard Kelly Campbell led four players in double figures with 14 apiece and the second-seeded Lancers (14-9) pulled away from the 18th-seeded Huskies (13-8).

Campbell added five assists, while senior guard Lyndsay Rowe finished with 10 points for St. John Vianney, which opposes No. 7-seed and unbeaten Point Beach in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 4:15 p.m.

For Matawan, Montana Bertoli scored eight of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter.

RUMSON-FH 47, MIDD. NORTH 34: Sophomore point forward Grace Stant scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to go along with 19 rebounds and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (16-7) advanced to the SCT quarterfinals for the ninth straight time with a win over the 12th-seeded Eagles (13-6).

Emma Miller also finished with 19 rebounds in the win, while Emily Lavin scored a team-high 15 points for Middletown North. Rumson will take on No. 5-seed Middletown South in the 12:45 p.m. quarterfinal on Saturday.

MIDD. SOUTH 38, FREEHOLD 30: Kiera Gannon’s 3-pointer with less a minute to play in the third quarter put the fourth-seeded Eagles (18-2) ahead by five going to the fourth as they held off the 13th-seeded Colonials (17-5) to avenge a 40-39 loss on Jan. 15.

Gannon, a senior guard, scored six of her 10 points in the second half, while Christiana Rutkowski added 10 and Olivia Liskowitz eight.

Freehold received a game-high 15 points from senior guard Kim Dana.


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