1. St. John Vianney (6-1). Last Week: No. 2. Led by junior Kelly Campbell and Kellie Crouch the Lancers took early control of Class A Central with their win over Manasquan on Friday night. The win over the Warriors should have them on top of the poll for some time now, they will be tested by Morris Catholic 1/18 and Christ the King on 1/23. They will not see Rumson-FH or Manasquan for their second A Central games until late January/early February.
2. Manasquan (7-1). Last Week: No. 1. Make no mistake, led by senior Marina Mabrey the Warriors are still a force to be reckoned with in the Shore Conference. Their loss at Vianney did not disappoint competition wise, Manasquan was just one short run away from making the game really interesting late in the fourth quarter. Head coach Lisa Kukoda and company would much rather have a small bump in the road in early January, than late February, just ask some of the members of last year’s Shore Conference Tournament championship team.
3. St. Rose (9-0). Last Week No. 3. Kat Phipps continues her hot shooting display for the Purple Roses, dropping a game-high 42 points in their win over St. Mary’s (NY) on Saturday. Jess Louro also added 17 points in the win for St. Rose, and as expected these two have St. Rose off to a blazing start this season.
4. Rumson-FH (6-2). Last Week No. 4. Six straight wins for the Purple Roses, including a win over Franklin which was the only loss from Vianney this season, has Rumson-FH right where they want to be after opening the season with two losses. Grace Stant scored a team-high 16 points in a convincing 59-42 win over Holmdel on Friday.
5. Neptune (7-0). Last Week No. 8. The Scarlet Fliers jump three spots after a Shore Conference Class B North victory over Red Bank Catholic early this week. Marajiah Bacon continues to be huge for Neptune, finishing with a team-high 24 points in the win over RBC.
6. Middletown South (8-2). Last Week No. 5. It’s not time to panic yet for the Midd. South faithful, but the offensive struggles continue to be a problem for the Eagles after losing to Saddle River Day on Saturday. Midd. South will need to rebound quickly, with a big divisional game on Monday against Freehold Township.
7. Red Bank Catholic (7-2). Last Week No 6. Senior Alex Barazotti’s 18 points weren’t enough in the showdown with Neptune, as the Caseys are still trying to get their youngsters some important varsity experience. Freshman Katie Rice has showed some promise as of late, scoring six points and pulling down 7 rebounds in the loss to Neptune.
8. Holmdel (4-3). Last Week No. 7. The Hornets record is starting to reflect the division they play in, but still won’t drop them from the Top 10. They have a chance to show what they can do out of division against Manalapan next week, but then will have to play Manasquan this Thursday.
9. Donovan Catholic (6-1). Last Week No. 10. The Griffins continue to be the most consistent team in Ocean County as of now. Toms River North had a chance of breaking into the poll, but fell to Toms River East on Saturday.
10. Freehold Township (5-4). Last Week Not Ranked. The Patriots have three losses to Manasquan, Rumson-FH, and Red Bank Catholic, but have secured impressive wins in their division as of late. Led by Tori Wagner and Sam Famulare, the Patriots climb back into the Top 10, and will have a chance to make some serious moves with their showdown with Midd. South on Monday.
Staff Writer: Chris Parker firstname.lastname@example.org