Marina Mabrey’s 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists led the fourth-seeded Manasquan girls basketball team past No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven, 37-24, in the NJSIAA Central Group II semifinals Saturday.
Sam Sullivan added 13 points for the Warriors (23-5).
Sullivan scored eight first-quarter points as the Warriors took an 11-6 lead. Mabrey netted four in the second quarter in which Manasquan went ahead 17-11. Mabrey scored 11 third-quarter points and Sullivan added three in a 14-7 period that sent the Warriors in front 31-18.
Mabrey scored all of Manasquan’s six points in the fourth quarter in which she converted four of five free throws. Manasquan’s Bridget Ford grabbed seven rebounds.
IN OTHER SEMIFINALS:
HOLMDEL 56, DELAWARE VALLEY 50: Junior guard Mia Ehling scored 17 points, Morgan Graziano added 12 and Liz Zelina contributed 10 for the second-seeded Hornets in their victory over the No. 3 Terriers in Central Group II.
The Hornets went on an 18-8 third-quarter run, taking a 36-35 lead into the final quarter. Ehling and freshman guard Sydney Coffaro keyed the surge with five points apiece, with each player making a three-pointer.
The Hornets closed the game with a 20-15 spree. Ehling keyed the Hornets with eight points, burying six of six free throws, and Graziano added six points.
The Terriers opened a 27-18 first-half lead as Haley Pilone scored 12 of her 18 points, including five in the opening quarter.
Holmdel will host Manasquan 6 p.m. Monday in the championship game.
ST. ROSE 52, ROSELLE CATHOLIC 46: Jess Louro scored 17 points and Kat Phipps added 14, powering the No. 5 Purple Roses past the top-seeded Lions in Non-Public South B.
St. Rose overcame a 27-25 first-half deficit with a 14-10 third-quarter output, taking a 39-37 lead into the final quarter. The Purple Roses fought off the Lions 13-9 in the fourth.
HUNTERDON CENTRAL 51, FREEHOLD TWP. 46: Victoria Wagner scored 17 points and Samantha Famulare added 14 for the top-seeded Patriots (17-7) in their loss to the No. 5 Red Devils (19-8) in Central Group IV.
IN BOYS SEMIFINALS:
RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 71, WILLINGBORO 69: The No. 10 Bulldogs (17-10) upset the No. 6 Chimeras (20-7) in Central Group II as junior guard Thomas Famulary sealed the game with two free throws with five seconds left that put Rumson up 71-67.
Famulary finished with 17 points while senior forward Jack Herrmann scored a team-high 23 points and sophomore guard Brendan Barry added 21 points.
“We were up 12 points with three minutes left in the game and we made free throws at the end and hung on for the win,” Rumson coach Chris Champeau said. “These type of games we lost a month ago, but the kids are fighting hard and winning these type games now. We’ve beaten two bigger, more athletic teams in a row to get to the sectional final.”
Rumson will visit No. 2 seed Matawan on Tuesday night in the Central Group II final. This will be the first sectional final for Champeau, Rumson-Fair Haven’s fifth-year head coach.
CHEROKEE 63, SOUTHERN 39: The seventh-seeded Rams (17-9) ended their season with a loss to the No. 6 Chiefs in South Group IV.
Jake Logue paced the Rams with 18 points. Mike Gesicki added 14.