Sophomore guard Stephanie Karcz scored a game-high 18 points Thursday night to lead the host Middletown South girls basketball team past Holmdel 53-37 in non-divisional action.
Freshman guard Alexandra Balsano added 12 for the No. 9 Eagles (6-1). The winner of four straight games, South sped to a 12-5 first-quarter lead as Karcz put home five points. Her trey put South up 3-0. Karcz netted five in the second quarter as South went ahead 28-11 against the No. 6 Hornets (7-4).
Balsano went 8-for-10 from the foul line in the second half. She hit five of six free throws to push the lead to 19 points. She added nine rebounds.
Senior guard Lizzy Zelina led Holmdel with 11 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. South outrebounded Holmdel 38-16.
CENTRAL 53, BARNEGAT 22: Brianne Allender scored 23 points and had 5 rebounds leading the Golden Eagles (6-4, 4-0) over the Bengals in a Class B South game. Lindsey Mahnken pulled down 10 rebounds along with 3 points for the Golden Eagles.
Brianne Allender had 23 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Lindsey Mahnken had 3 points 10 rebounds.
ASBURY PARK 52, POINT BEACH 30: Destiny Smith scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds leading the Bishops over the Garnet Gulls in a Class B Central game.
Porschia Witherspoon also had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Bishops.
IN ICE HOCKEY
MON. DONOVAN 5, WALL 4: With the game knotted at four and under five minutes remaining in regulation, Monsignor Donovan’s Andrew Gargaloni connected with Brandon Klimakowski for the game-winning goal that saw the Griffins (6-6-0) knock off the No. 8 ranked Knights (7-5-1) in this Class B South matchup.
Monsignor Donovan stormed out of gates with Matt Drake opening the scoring at 2:55 of the first period followed by successive tallies from J.C. Maroukis.
Wall finally broke through in the second period when Alex Wuestneck put home his sixth goal of the season.
The Knights generated momentum and charged back in the third period, tying the game with consecutive goals by Shane Haviland, Ryan Sussman, and Noah Ziegler, before Kimakowski’s game-winner.
In the loss, Wall’s Jeff Morgan recorded his 20th and 21st assists of the season, and paired with his 14 goals, currently sits tied for fourth in Shore Conference scoring with 35 points.
POINT BORO 5, NUTLEY 2: With the game tied at two and headed into the third period, Point Boro’s Chris McDermott stepped to the forefront and delivered his 11th and 12th goals of the season, before assisting on another by Ray Seakan as the No. 5 ranked Panthers (8-1-0) upended the Raiders (6-4-2) in this nonconference game.
Point Boro’s Steven Kovaleski assisted on both of McDermott’s goals and tied the game at one in the first period with his team-leading 13th of the season, while Ryan Patterson also found the back of the net with a go-ahead goal in the second period.
Kovaleski has 20 assists to go along with 13 goals this season and his 33 points are tied for seventh in Shore Conference scoring.
JACKSON MEM. 3, OLD BRIDGE 2: After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Jackson Memorial came out firing in the second and erased the defecit with three consecutive goals by Austin Boyle, Kyle Sampson, and Frank Cear as the No. 7 ranked Jaguars (7-3-0) traveled out of conference and downed a tough Knights (9-2-0) program.
IN BOYS SWIMMING
TR EAST 94, BRICK 76: Senior Jake Lewandowski, junior Dan Betts and sophomore Patrick Flores each won two events to lead the Raiders past the Green Dragons in Class A South.
Lewandowski took the 200 (2:00.77) and 500-yard freestyles (5:31.30). Betts won the 200 individual medley (2:02.28) and 100 backstroke (59.14), Flores captured the 100 freestyle (56.98) and 100 breast stroke (1:07.66).
IN GIRLS SWIMMING
WALL 101, NEPTUNE 69: Danielle Griggs won the 50 (27.54) and 100 freestyles (59.88) to power the Crimson Knights past the Scarlet Fliers in Class B North.