On a free throw with 3:25 to play in the second quarter, senior guard Kelly Hughes scored her 28th and final point, breaking former Shore Regional star Patty Delehanty’s 35-year old Shore Conference record for points in a career as No. 1 seed Point Boro defeated No. 9 seed Hillside, 85-58, in an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II quarterfinal.
Hughes, bound for Boston College in the fall, now has 2,535 career points and led three Panthers in double figures. Her twin sister, Lauren, had 16 points and senior forward Kerry Malleck finished with 18.
Hughes had previously broken Point Boro’s career mark of 2,130 held by 1993 graduate and U.S. women’s soccer national team member Christie Rampone (formerly Christie Pearce).
RUMSON-FH 58, MATAWAN 38: Sam Sabino scored four points in all four quarters to finish with a team-high 16, Grace Stant added 13 and the third-seeded Bulldogs (19-8) came away with a victory in a CJ II quarterfinal.
Emma Miller added 10 points and a game-high 23 rebounds for Rumson.
For Matawan, Montana Bertoli scored a team-high 16 points
HOLMDEL 55, EWING 33: Senior guard Tara Inman scored seven of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter to lead three players in double figures as the fourth-seeded Hornets (18-8) ran away from the fifth-seeded Blue Devils (15-8) in CJ II.
Tori Cardaci scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half, while Morgan Graziano scored eight of her 11 in the first half for Holmdel.
Friday’s sectional semifinal at Point Boro will be a rematch of a Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal back on Feb. 16, a 70-45 Panthers victory.
MANASQUAN 43, DELAWARE VALLEY 28: Junior forward Sam Sullivan scored 13 of the seventh-seeded Warriors’ 15 first-quarter points on her way to a game-high 19 as the they defeated the second-seeded Terriors in a CJ II quarterfinal in Frenchtown.
Senior forward and UMBC recruit Amanda Hagaman added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Manasquan, the reigning Tournament of Champions winner. The Warriors will head to No. 3 seed and Class A Central foe Rumson-Fair Haven for a sectional semifinal on Friday evening.
The Warriors and Bulldogs split two meetings during the regular season.
MARLBORO 40, FREEHOLD TWP. 29: Haley Unger scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter to go along with 15 rebounds and five assists as the third-seeded Mustangs (17-7) beat the 11th-seeded and Class A North-rival Patriots in a Central Jersey Group IV quarterfinal.
Nicole Shatsky finished with 11 points and five rebounds for Marlboro, which is through to the sectional semifinals for the first time since 2004. The Mustangs will head to reigning Group IV champion Jackson Memorial on Friday, with the winner advancing to Tuesday evening’s CJ IV final.
JACKSON MEM. 56, SAYREVILLE 45: Senior guard Steph Mason scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, senior guard Hannah Missry scored 10 of her 14 in the first half and the second-seeded Jaguars (19-7) outlasted the seventh-seeded Bombers (16-11).
Missry added 16 rebounds, while Morgan Williams finished with 13 points for Jackson Memorial.
ST. ROSE 63, RUTGERS PREP 42: Sarah Kurtz scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half to go along with a game-high 17 rebounds and four assists to pace the seventh-seeded Purple Roses (19-7) past the 10th-seeded Argonauts (14-8) in a Non-Public South B first-round game.
Kat Phipps also finished with 15 points, while Cindy Napolitano and Jess Louro each scored 11. Napolitano, Phipps and Kurtz combined to hit all seven of St. Rose’s 3-pointers.
St. Rose, last season’s Non-Public A champion and a Tournament of Champions semifinalist, will travel to Gladstone to take on No. 2 seed Gill St. Bernard’s on Friday in a sectional quarterfinal.
RANNEY 37, MARIST 32: Brynn Bresnahan scored five of her game-high 15 points in overtime, Rachel Burstiner added 10 and the eighth-seeded Panthers (17-9) outlasted the ninth-seeded Royal Knights in a Non-Public South B first round game.
Ranney, a first-year Shore Conference program, will head to No. 1 seed Roselle Catholic on Friday evening for a sectional quarterfinal.