Shore Shakeup at 2012 Girls Battle of Boardwalk

Girls Boardwalk

The only certainty coming into Sunday was that the Shore Conference continues to be a hotbed of talent for girls basketball. Sunday set the stage for a lot of teams to prove their rank in the Shore Conference. College coaches didn’t miss the memo.

Rutgers, Lehigh, Cornell, St. Francis (NY), Colgate, Fordham, Brown, Albany, Villanova, Rutgers-Newark, Lafayette, Monmouth, Seton Hall, and Caldwell all spent their Sunday at Long Branch high school for Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase.

Rumson 40- Neptune 29

Neptune had won 64 Shore Conference games in a row but had the streak come to an end to the hands of Rumson Bulldogs. Jessica Harvey and Nahja Carter were better than advertised. Both point guards led their teams very well and had outstanding individual performances.

Harvey had a game high 12 points while freshman Sam Sabino and Emma Miller added 8 points each.

Neptune’s Nahja Carter had 10 points.

MVPS: Jessica Harvey (Rumson), Amerisse Rogers (Neptune)

Blair 50 – St. John Vianney 42

While Shore fans are familiar with St. John Vianney, little reputation came with Blair Academy’s Lady Bucs. Blair came out ready to play sprinting out to an early lead and maintaining despite strong efforts from the Lancers.

Freshman Breanna Cavanaugh was extremely impressive scoring 15 points while senior Bridget Ryan scored 11 points and played an all around game to pace the Lady Bucs.

St. John’s Vianney junior Kat Egan was just as impressive scoring 15 points and being a force on the boards to lead the Lancers.

MVPS: Bridget Ryan (Blair), Kat Egan (SJV)

St. Rose 52 – Point Boro 44

The Shore showdown that everyone in the gym wanted to see. While everyone anticipated a scoring showdown between division 1 talents Sam Clark and Kelly Hughes it was anything but.

Each team focused their defensive efforts to neutralized each other’s star players. St. Rose decided to let Kasey Chambers to be Hughes shadow all game with her eyes never leaving the #23 on her chest. Point Boro tried to double Clark and St. Rose’s complimentary players stepped up in a big way.

Morgan Barry nailed some open shots for 7 points, Sarah Kurtz added 6 of her own, but it was Diana Malanga who stole the show with 17 points. Malanga seems to be at her best when playing at the Boardwalk Showcase. She was MVP last year and was just as deserving this year.

The Panthers’ Kerry Malleck was very impressive down low scoring 13 points and forcing St. Rose to play outside the paint. Kelly Hughes had 10 points.

MVPS: Kasey Chambers (St. Rose), Kerry Malleck (Point Boro)

Manasquan 63 – Christ the King 39

The pride of the Shore facing off the historic powerhouse of New York kept everyone hanging out in the gym. Christ the King plays one of the most demanding schedules in the country and it wasn’t any easier playing Manasquan.

The duo of Michaela Mabrey and Kaitlynn Flaherty was the best duo of the day. No one in the gym could match their skill and athleticism.

Sierra Calhoun and Christ the King did everything possible to keep things close in the first half but the Warriors wore the Lady Royals down in the 2nd.

Maybrey and Flaherty combined for 43 points while Marina Mabrey added 9.

MVPS: Michaela Mabrey (Manasquan), Sierra Calhoun (Christ the King)

Red Bank Catholic 71- Jackson Memorial 60 OT

There was no better way to end the day than the thrilling game between Red Bank Catholic and Jackson Memorial.

Red Bank Catholic held onto a lead for a majority of the 2nd half but Jackson Memorial kept hanging around.

Stephanie Mason was the thorn in the Casey’s side scoring 21 points. She scored inside and out and every time the Jaguars needed a big play she was right there.

After Mason brought them back it was Missry who delivered the final shot connecting on her 6th three pointer to send the game into overtime.

The Casey’s had one last chance before the final buzzer. They spread the floor and let Grace Fallon penetrate the lane but Jackson’s defense collapse and altered her shot.

In overtime it was all green and gold.

Grace Fallon finished with 23 points and senior Morgan Arnott added 17 of her own.

MVPS: Grace Fallon (RBC), Hannah Missry (Jackson)

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