As New Jersey High School girls’ basketball action kicks into high gear early on in the 2021-20 campaign, eight teams and 14 top and emerging players from the Garden State showcased their hardwood skills on Sunday and Monday.
Here is how everything shook out.
Manasquan (3-0) — 53, Monmouth (1-2) — 30
Mary Donnelly, a senior and Holy Cross commit, scored a game-high 13 points and Hope Masonius contributed nine in Manasquan’s 53-30 victory over host Monmouth on Monday.
Monmouth’s Sydney Po, a senior, dropped in a team-best 12 points and added four rebounds while sophomore Olivia Gades led her squad with five steals.
Mastery Charter (1-1) — 40, Cherokee (1-1) — 36
Mastery Charter defeated host Cherokee in a tight tilt on Sunday.
Cherokee wing/post Gabby Recinto was able to shake off not feeling her physical best on Friday to post a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards.
St. Rose (2-0) — 75, Jackson Liberty (0-3) — 27
St. Rose and Bucknell-bound Rosie Scognamiglio led the offensive explosion for her squad, draining a game-best 22 points.
A pair of exciting Purple Rose freshman prospects, Cassidy Kruesi and Christa Ramos, dropped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the lopsided victory.
Synder (2-0) — 58, Bayonne (1-1) 52
Synder’s Jah’Nel Lewis paced all scorers with 22 points while senior Karine Thomas chipped in with 15 and Kyra Rose poured in 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win on Monday.
Senior and Fairleigh Dickinson commit Eniya Scott led Bayonne with 18 points and added seven boards and seven assists.
Freshman Giselle Davis poured in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while junior Christina Centeno added 10 for the Lady Fighting Bees.
— Jerry Del Priore