A combination of smothering man-to-man and unified selflessness with the basketball accentuated all the Argonauts’ strengths on Monday during a decisive 54-32 victory over No. 2 St. Rose in the semifinals of South Jersey, Non-Public B. Senior forward Gabi Redden dropped in 20 points to power Rutgers Prep to its 27th straight win.
Junior point guard Mikayla Markham poured in 25 to push the Roses past Gloucester Catholic, 48-43, in the quarterfinals of South Jersey, Non-Public B but their post-season run ended for the second straight year against Rutgers Prep.
Junior guard Dara Mabrey converted two free throws with :00.2 left on the clock to lift the Warriors over No. 7 Rumson-Fair Haven, 67-66, for their fourth straight sectional championship. After missing the previous two games due to illness, senior point guard Stella Clark returned to deliver 18 points.
Senior guard Josie Larkins sank three critical 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to launch the Caseys past rival St. John Vianney, 47-39, on Saturday in the semifinals of South Jersey, Non-Public A and juniors Katie Rice (13 points) and Rose Caverly (22 points) were instrumental in a 64-48 victory over Paul VI on Tuesday in the final. It marked the first sectional crown for RBC since 2013.
The defending Non-Public A state champion and Tournament of Champions winner was eliminated from the post season on Saturday by No. 4 Red Bank Catholic. Senior center Kimi Evans, who’s next stop is Seton Hall, dropped a team-high 13 points.
The Crusaders closed out the regular season with an emphatic 58-43 win over The Mary Louis Academy. Amani Free had 13 points and eight rebounds, Celeste Taylor had 11 points and 13 rebounds, Grace Stone had 11 points and six rebounds and Jaida Patrick added 10 points and six boards.
Vanerlie Valcourt scored the game-winning layup with 4.4 seconds left in regulation for the Hilltoppers in a 66-64 victory over Christ the King to capture the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens AA diocesan championship March 4 at St. Francis Prep. Mary Louis earned the city championship Tuesday night in a 60-43 win over Scanlan.
Kaia Harrison had 10 points, Montia Moon had eight points and Jenna Annecchiarico and Sarah Pulis added six points apiece in a 37-29 win over Massapequa in the Nassau Class AA final. It is the Bruins fourth straight county title.
The Lady Vikings raced out to a 12-point first quarter lead and clinched in ts third consecutive trip to the PSAL Class AA finals by defeating Curtis, 57-34, at York College on Tuesday night. Valena Hickerson scored 11 points; Earlette Scott and Selena Philoxy each added 10 points for the two-time defending champions.
Senior forward Clare Mitchell had a game-high 23 points and scored her 2,000th career point on February 22 to power the Tigers to a 70-60 home win over Cardinal Spellman. The Tigers have a break until the Federation Class A Tournament after defeating St. Anthony’s, 70-62 on February 25.
Junior forward Zaria Dorsey collected 16 points and 13 boards to steer the Celtics over rival Roselle Catholic for a fourth time this season, 46-27, in the quarterfinals of South Jersey, Non-Public B. They will face No. 1 Rutgers Prep for a second time this year tonight in the sectional final.
The Bulldogs suffered the bitter disappointment of bowing to No. 3 Manasquan, 67-66, on Tuesday in the Central Jersey, Group 2 final on an unfortunate foul call with less than a second left on the clock. The loss could not overshadowed the will of junior point guard Tori Hyduke, who capped a career-high 38-point performance with a go-ahead bucket in the final seconds.
The Royals had a double-digit comeback attempt just fall short as Vaerlie Valcourt hit a jumper with 4.4 left in the fourth quarter to give Mary Louis a 66-64 CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Class AA diocesan title on Saturday at St. Francis Prep. Brandy Thomas had 18 points and Kaelynn Satterfield added 16 points.
Ossining defeated Lourdes in the semifinals and knocked off Albertus Magnus for the Class AA Gold Ball. The game came down to the final shot, which none other than Andra Espinoza-Hunter managed to block, giving Ossining the 80-77 win and their seventh straight title. Ossining then moved forward to face an undefeated Monroe-Woodbury, and served the Crusaders their first loss.
Albertus Magnus may have defeated Ossining in the regular season, but when it came to the championship game, the Falcons could not defeat the Pride for a second time. After defeating North Rockland in the semifinals, Albertus Magnus held Ossining to a tight game, still proving the be the Pride’s biggest competition in the section by a landslide.
Sophomore guard Michelle Sidor lit a spark from the arc, stroking eight 3-pointers on her way to netting 40 points, and sophomore forward Jenna Jordan balanced 18 rebounds by scoring 13 as the defending sectional champion Rebels outlasted Marist, 70-60, in the North Jersey, Non-Public B semis. They face Queen of Peace tonight for the title.
Gigi Faison had 15 points, Jada Fernandez had 12 points, Kiera Holland had nine points and Kem Nwabadu had eight points and 16 rebounds in a 50-49 win over North Shore in the Nassau Class A final.
Trumbull faced Fairfield Warde in the CIAC Class LL second round, the lone FCIAC team that beat them in the regular season. This time, Trumbull came out victorious, defeating the Mustangs 44-34. Trumbull advances to the quarterfinals to face Norwich Free Academy Thursday.
The Terriers gave No. 3 Manasquan all they could handle Friday night, falling to the defending champion, 68-61, in the Central Jersey, Group 2 quarterfinals despite 27 points from junior point guard Caitlin Townes.
Monroe-Woodbury finished their Section 9 season undefeated, beating Kingston in the section semifinals, and Warwick in the Class AA title game, 37-36. The Crusaders went on to face a bigger and better team in Ossining, and despite their best efforts, fell short to the Pride in the NYSPHSAA regional semifinals.