2017 Recent Shore Girls Basketball Scrimmage Match Ups


This week I had a chance to take in a few scrimmages. I wanted to get a look at the Top teams before my first ranking. Tomorrow I will get my first look at St. Rose and SJV two powerhouse teams.

There is zero question in my mind that RBC can win the SCT or TOC. They really have all the pieces in place. The RBC chemistry and senior leadership was as impressive as their shooting. Hayley Moore and Rose Caverly were murder from the arc. Sophia Sabino the freshman point guard, was very impressive on both sides of the ball. A real concern has to be when Katie Rice  is not on the floor . Fab Eggenshwiler was most likely going to be the 5th starter and she is out with a injury.

I thought RFH was in full blown rebuilding mode. But Monday they blew me away, as they dominated Middletown South at times. Tori Hyduke was on a whole different level than anyone in the gym. Lucy Adams, did just about anything you could ask a sophomore to do. Grace Munt showed she’s ready for prime time. Middletown South are the walking wounded, they entire starting five with the expectation of Stephanie Mayerhoffer. So we really won’t know about them for another week or two. They clearly have the talent to be a special group. Tom Brennan is on the sidelines, so you can expect major improvements.

RBR was so well coaches it shocked it me. It made me remember how good Coach John Turhan is at getting kids to preform above their talent level. TRN was also very impressive, they showed many different looks on defense. They also can really score the ball, Jenna Paul, Brille Bisgono and Amanda Johnson can play with anyone. They are a Top 20 team and could be Top 10 with a few breaks.

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I normally do a written blog when a player gives a verbal. But in the case of Molly Weiss, I feel these is a lesson to be learned. The lesson is that your education should always come first in picking a school. Molly Weiss has worked as hard as any kid I have ever had. I am not sure I have ever had a player, that had more of a connection with. Molly did not come into high school with a big time reputation or hype. She has willed herself into a great player. I also want you to know that Molly Weiss,  right up to last week was trying to make a big decision. She had set up visits with two Division 1 schools, but decided to cancel those visits. I think she felt some how she let me down. It was hard for her to tell those Division 1 school “NO” for two reasons. First playing Division 1 was a dream of hers. But  she knew that her education  carried more weight…..

Emory ranked 9th-best national university by U.S. News & World Report magazine”


This is WHY SHE CHOSE EMORY UNIVERSITY...MOLLY WEISS I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU…. not seeing you everyday will leave a HOLE IN MY HEART, when you are off to college becoming a ALL AMERICAN.


                      2016-17 HOOP GROUP  ALL SHORE TEAMS


Congrats to all the members that make up our  Hoop Group 2016-17 All Shore Teams. This year there are two new members to our First Team. There are 8 first time members spread out across the 4 teams. Every player on our first 3 teams is a Division Lock meaning they have either signed, verbally committed or has a Division One offer on the table. There are 3 Division one locks and a POWER 5 PLAYER ON THE 4TH TEAM.  Finally there are a confirmed 18 Division 1 locks of the 20 players listed. Let me give you a little history as well. Every team FIRST and 2nd TEAM, ALL SHORE MEMBER has gone on to play Division one basketball. That streak was broken last year, as Tina LeBron(SJV) signed with D2 Caldwell College. Like most years there are a number of D1 players who have signed, committed or have offers on the table, that did not make ALL SHORE…Why do I bring this up? Because it shows the difficulty in making  a ALL SHORE TEAM.

I take this stuff extremely serious, it’s okay if you disagree. But I do not take politics, friendships and coaches opinions into my thought process, and most importantly, I pick my team based on who I believe had the best seasons….I DO NOT SHARE THE WEALTH. I am smart enough to understand the power of  my words and the impact it has on coaches and kids.


                            HOOP GROUP 2016-17 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

                                                               DARA MABREY-5’8″-JUNIOR-MANASQUAN HIGH SCHOOL- COMBO

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She had one of the best seasons by a RBC player in years. Her performances in big games were stunning. The bigger the game and the bigger she preformed. Her shootout against Dara Mabrey and Manasquan was a classic. Her show stopping performance against SJV in the SCT just added to a dream season. The Vermont bound senior was special all season in helping RBC to  a season high ranking of #2 in the state at one point. She scored her 1000th point this season to solidity her name in the RBC history books forever. Larkins season was filled with masterful performances. Like her 30 point explosion against  RFH and her 32 point explosion vs. Bishop Eustace. She is currently leading RBC in the hunt for a TOC title. Interestingly as one of the best defenders in the Shore, she rarely gets credit anymore.  Jose Larkins leadership skills all season were on display, especially when things got tight . RBC seemed never to panic. The biggest reason why was Jose Larkins; her timely scoring was uncanny all year. JOSE LARKINS  is now regarded as one of the best in RBC history. She is a First Team All Shore Player for the 1st time



Tori Hyduke has elevated her game to levels that nobody expected his season. She has helped RFH remain one of the best programs in the state. But it was what she did for her teammate Hannah Scanlan that is overlooked most. Tori Hyduke was masterful at helping Hannah Scanlan become of the best players in the state. She made full court passes to a running Scanlan few players could make. She found Scanlan with passes off penetration in the lane after beating opponents off the dribble. But she also found time to score and run the RFH up-tempo offense. Tori Hyduke averaged 16.1 points a game and 5 assists. But her worth goes way beyond the box score. Her hustle and getting on loose balls was 2nd to none. She his one of the fiercest competitors in New Jersey. But it was her performance against St. Rose in the SCT,  that made heads turn. In a 28 point performance that some called one of the best performances in SCT history, she proved she was that rare player. Then a week later she backed that up with one of the best performances of the year with 38 points against Manasquan. Tori Hyduke has arrived and right now is as good as any guard in the state of New Jersey by proving it on the court, against the best competition the state has to offer. Her willingness to live in the gym just may be the reason why. She will be one of the most recruited players….IN ALL OF NEW JERSEY NEXT YEAR. She is a First Team All Shore Player for the 1st time



Last season’s Hoop Group Player of the year, was the only returning member of the SCT and TOC defending champions. Evans spent the season with a group of inexperienced teammates and managed to help SJV to a Top 5 rankings. She faced aggressive double and triple teams all season. Some how she managed to keep her cool under fire. No player was game planned more for, than Kimi Evans and no player received more attention. Despite this Evans still managed to averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds against best competition and high schedule in the state and maybe the country. The Seton Hall bound Evans will leave SJV accomplishing more than just about any player in recent SJV history. Her 20 and 23  point performances against RFH was just one of many over the years in big games. She sent a message to the entire state early in the season against national power Christian Academy with a 20 point 12 rebounds in a win for SJV. In year when many believe SJV was in rebuilding…Kimi Evans shinned brightest. No question she will be remembered  as a All Time GREAT Player in  Shore Conference history. BUt more importantly she will be remembered for being one of the classiest  kids to ever wear a uniform. She leaves as a two time, HOOP GROUP 1ST TEAM MEMBER.



There is no question that Hannah Scanlan just completed one of the best statistical  seasons in shore history. She also had what many believe is the best season in 10 years at RFH. Scanlan no doubt had a major case for the PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD. This season Scanlan put it all together in a big way. RFH appeared to be moving in the other direction with the graduation of some many talented D1 players. But Miss Scanlan picked up the slack. She was named the A CENTRAL Player of The Year, by the coaches. She averaged 20 points a game and 11 plus rebounds. Some of her performances were breath taking along the way. Like her 30 point, 15 rebound game against University. She had a season her of 21 rebounds in one game. She had four 30 point games. She had 34 points and 13 boards against Piscataway. This season Hannah Scanlon scored her 1000th point, something that seemed impossible at the start of the year. You must understand the future Bryant University star, also racked up assists, blocked shots and was possibly the best defensive player in the shore. Hannah Scanlan has set a standard that may be impossible to match in the future. She is a first time HOOP GROUP 1ST TEAM MEMBER



Where do you start with Dezzy Allen? You may want to start with her performance against SJV in the SCT. A game she single handily tried to win for Neptune. Her 29 points and 13 rebounds was one of the best preformances we have seen against a Dawn Karpell team. This season Allen averaged 22.5 points and 11.2 rebounds a game, to go along with 3.4 steals a night. Dezzy Allen was a one women wrecking crew all season long. Neptune was ranked has high as 10th in the state polls. Most of it due to the overall play of Dezzy Allen, who will attend NJIT next season.  Allen had 5 games of 30 points or more, she scored 20 points or more in every game except four. She was a model of consistency, despite being double and triple teamed just about every night. NO PLAYER in the state was more important to their team this season. Remove Dezzy Allen from Neptune and they are not in the Sectional championship game. Her impact on the Neptune program has been felt for years. She will leave as one of the All Time Leading scorers and a two time HOOP GROUP  FIRST TEAM ALL SHORE MEMBER.




STELLA CLARK-SR. MANASQUAN- POINT GUARDThe motor behind the Manasquan machine

ROSE CAVERLY-JUNIOR- RED BANK CATHOLIC- COMBO U of Vermont wins a major recruiting battle


LUCY THOMAS-JUNIOR- ST. ROSE HIGH SCHOOL-FORWARD- Monmouth U gets it first Shore superstar

KATIE RICE- JUNIOR- ROSE HIGH SCHOOL- SWING- Power 5 offers are on the table after a breakout season


MIKAYLA MARKHAM- JUNIOR- ST. ROSE HIGH SCHOOL-COMBO- Columbia U gets a major steal and special talent




FAITH MASONIOUS- SOPHOMORE -MANASQUAN- SWING- No player made more sacrifices for her team, while battling injuries

ELLYN STOLL- SENIOR- ST. ROSE H.S- GUARD- NJIT picks up gem and future star

JENNIFER LOURO- SENIOR- ST. ROSE-H.S.- GUARD MVP of the SCT and U-Mass Lowell bound

CHRISTINA ANTONAKAKIS- JUNIOR-HOLDMEL- POINT GUARD- Don’t call it a comeback, her numbers were off the charts


JESS BROAD- JUNIOR- MARLBORO HIGH SCHOOL-FOWARD- Quietly had a monster season vs Elite competition






ASHLEY TUTZAUER- SENIOR- TOMS RIVER NORTHShe was the voted A North player of the year by the coaches

ALLY LASSEN- SENIOR- PT. BORO-FORWARD clearly has a case to be higher based on stats along

SHANNON McCoy-JUNIOR- BARNEGAT HIGH SCHOOL She had a break out season and looking to take the next step

JENNA PAUL- SOPHMORE- TOMS RIVER NORTHA future Division one lock, had a monster sophomore year.






Ellen Stoll of St. Rose  is The 2017 HOOP GROUP SPORTMANSHIP AWARD WINNER/TEAM http://hoopgroup.com/headquarters-blog/uncategorized/stoll/


JENNA PAUL OF TRN THE 2017 HOOP GROUP UP AND COMING PLAYER/ TEAM http://hoopgroup.com/headquarters-blog/uncategorized/jenna/





                    THE HOOP GROUP 2016-17 PLAYER OF THE YEAR



THE WINNER OF THE 2017 HOOP GROUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR IS …DARA MABREY. This years winner is no stranger to this award. Both her older sisters were Hoop Group Player of the Year winners. But unlike her sisters, she is the first to win the award as a junior. This season Dara Mabrey was a tour de force from the moment the season started and currently is seeking another TOC title. It’s another reason why this years winner was such a clear cut Choice.


Coach Kukoda and Dara share a warm moment

No player I can think of in recent history, scored more big baskets or delivered on a big stage as often as Dara Mabrey did this season. No player in all my years has displayed the leadership qualities of Dara Mabrey. This season Dara Mabrey, sent a message not only to the shore, but the entire country in the 2nd game of the year. It was her 33 point performance against RBC that set the stage for one of the best seasons, not only in shore history, but the state as well.  While Mabrey averaged an impressive 19.1 points a game this season, it was how she got them that put her in a class of her own. In the shoot out with RBC’s Jose Larkin’s in a battle of Top 5 teams, it was Mabrey who time and time again, that came up with the big play. It was Mabrey who simply refused to lose and that seemed to be her attitude all season. In a game against Long Island Lutheran it was she that hit the game winning free throws in overtime and scored 33 points. It was she that made the game tying shot to allow Manasquan to beat St. Rose in overtime, in a 29 point performance. It was she that drew the foul in Manasquan’s win over RFH, in a game that appeared hopelessly lost. What made all these performances special, is that it was against the very best competition that high school basketball has to offer. Dara Mabrey, did it on the biggest of biggest stages, time and time again all season. You would be hard pressed to find a player in recent years that has had such show stopping performances so often in one season. Dara Mabrey’s mind set seems to be, that she can beat any team and player anywhere, anytime and at any place. It’s this total belief in herself, that will make her a future All American.

If you are wondering what makes Dara Mabrey different from every player in the state, its her work ethic. There is a running joke at the Hoop Group, that when it rains…expect a call from Dara Mabrey. No player in the shore spends more time working on their game. No player addresses their weakness like Dara Mabrey. She is not only the best conditioned player in the shore, but she is also by far the most competitive. The term warrior is used very loosely these days. But in the case of Dara Mabrey it is real as in as real as it gets. After a tough win this season over RBC, I said to her great job. Her response was “Tiny, I knew what I had to work on this year.” This is why Dara Mabrey has no peers. She understands getting better and out working others is the key to maximum success.

It’s no secret with the name Mabrey comes great expectations. Dara knows that all eyes are on her every night. It does not seem to faze her one bit. I believe, she welcomes the challenge of having a target on her back.  It acts as fuel for her. I also believe college coaches are looking for her sisters when they come watch her play. She doesn’t fit the part for the U-Conn’s and Notre Dame’s of the world. She is not super long or big like her sisters. But what Power 5 elite programs are finally starting to figure out  is this, is what I have known all along…..DARA MABREY is not only as good as her sisters, but maybe better. Now those are strong words but in fact may be true. She has the best ball handling skills of the three and I say shoots the ball as well has Michela who was a star at Notre Dame. It may not look like she plays with the anger of Marina, but trust me she plays just as angry. Dara Mabrey is a cross between her two sisters. She is a Mabrey, but she is a Mabrey in her own way. She just is doing things different from her two sisters. She just may be, the newer better version of the Mabrey’s.

Dara Mabrey was named the 2017 New Jersey Player of the year

When it comes to personality, this is the most miss understood thing about Dara Mabrey. She is one of the funniest kids you know. I have caught her making fun of me behind my back. She laughs and jokes with the best of them. She had everybody laughing at the recent All Shore pictures.  She has welcomed Lola Mullaney into the Manasquan family, she makes Victoria Galvan a softball player at the next level,  laugh. She walks into the Hoop Group and I joke with her and she gives it right back with the best of them. It’s all part of her next level leadership skills. I often talk to her about teammates getting out of control at times, she just smiles and says I got it. When named as a Gatorade finalist, she asks me not to say anything. I know why. She’s afraid of the jealousy that comes with her name. Dara Mabrey is so mature for her age it’s scary. I can assure you, when she is playing at a Power 5 school in two years. She will be the captain of the team and that team will be playing for a national championship…because Dara Mabrey has been a winner her entire life.


I have covered the shore now for a very long time. I have seen most of the great ones at this point. The Mt. Rushmore of players changes every 7 or 8 years. A new star comes along and bumps off an old one. It’s the way it is and the way it’s supposed      to be. But for right now, Dara Mabrey just had one of the greatest seasons in shore history. This was a Mt. Rushmore season for Miss Mabrey and before her playing days are over, she may be one of the faces on Mt. Rushmore. She will have a chance next year to be the only two time HOOP GROUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR,  in the awards history. So today we are very proud to name DARA MABREY THE 2017 HOOP GROUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR…CONGRATS TO DARA AND MANASQUAN HIGH SCHOOL.