Manasquan vs St. Rose basketball. St. Rose celebrates the win. Belmar, NJ Saturday, February 14, 2015 Doug Hood/Staff Photographer @dhoodhood
BELMAR – People definitely got their moneys worth at a sold out St. Rose gym on Saturday afternoon, as St. Rose silenced all of its critics with a 60-57 win over Manasquan, just one day before the Shore Conference Tournament seeding meeting. It was a game that had a little bit of everything, a furious pace from both teams, big time individual performances, and late second dramatics.
St. Rose’s Kat Phipps scored a team-high 32 points, including 19 and a game-winning three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Jess Louro added 14 points and 11 rebounds and her sister Jen was also big on the defensive end late in the fourth quarter for the Purple Roses. The performance came as no surprise to St. Rose head coach Joe Whalen, who has grown accustomed to seeing Phipps score the basketball.
“She’s not just a shooter, she scored in every conceivable way today,” Whalen said. “It’s the type of kid she is, we are all about make the next play make the next shot, we don’t consider a missed shot a turnover, and that’s something that helped her with that shot at the end.”
It’s a statement victory for the Purple Roses who remain undefeated this season, picking up another impressive win out of division. It’s the work ethic of this team that Whalen credits to the impressive start to the season for St. Rose.
“They want to be in the gym,” Whalen said. “These are kids who couldn’t wait for the first day of practice, and as a coach you love gym rats.”
GAME BALL: Kat Phipps was unconscious for St. Rose in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of the teams 21 points, including the game-winning three-pointer.
“This win proves how good St. Rose basketball really is.” Kat Phipps.
Marina Mabrey also had a stand out game for the Warriors, who will no doubt be ready to go come SCT Tournament time. She scored a game-high 37 points along with 13 rebounds.
Holmdel 58, Marlboro 45: Morgan Graziano finished with a team-high 28 points and freshman Christina Antonakakis also added 11 points as the Hornets secured a much needed nondivisonal win over the Mustangs. With the win Holmdel (11-10) officially qualifies for the Shore Conference Tournament.
Neptune 37, Trenton Catholic 35: Desiree Allen scored a team-high 12 points and Marajiah also added 10 points as the Scarlet Fliers picked up another big nonconference win.
Rumson-Fair Haven 84, St. John Vianney 51: Brendan Barry had 37 points, including the 1,000th point of his career in the Bulldogs Class A Central victory over the Lancers. Alex Geiger added 23 points. St. John Vianney’s Zach Howarth had 14 points.
Colts Neck 54, Long Branch 40: Senior guard Chris O’Reilly scored his 1000 point in the beginning of the fourth quarter on a free throw, one of his 24 points on the day, to lead the Cougars over the Green Wave Saturday. Jordan DeGroot also chipped in 12 points for the Cougars. Long Branch’s Raheem Carter had 11 points.