Saturday featured top-ranked girls basketball teams facing off against each other all over the state New Jersey, as top performers lit up the stat sheets in an effort to push their teams to victory.
Here is how the action played out yesterday, with six squads taking to the courts and 11 players making significant contributions.
Cherokee 36, Donovan Catholic 32
Cherokee junior Gabby Recinto drained a game-high 17 points and snatched 10 rebounds to help pace her team to a 36-32 win over a competitive Donovan Catholic team Saturday at the South Jersey vs. The Shore showcase event at Rancocas Valley.
Senior Katie Fricker chipped in with 12 points for the Lady Chiefs, who won their fourth straight tilt. In the process, Cherokee ended the 10-3 Donovan Catholic’s seven-game victory streak.
Olivia Conroy paced the Lady Griffins with 12 points.
Rutgers Prep 72, Montclair Immaculate 54
Rutgers Prep sophomore Mikayla Blakes scored a game-best 28 points and made six steals while junior Katie Ledden dopped in 18 and grabbed 11 boards to lead their squad to a 72-54 win over Montclair Immaculate Saturday at home.
Junior Tyonna Bailey scored a team-high 22 points and sophomore Tayla Thomas dropped in 11 while leading all players with 15 rebounds for Montclair Immaculate.
Manasquan 59, Camden Catholic
Manasquan senior Mary Elizabeth Donnelly paced all scorers with 15 points, and senior Dorothy Laffredo contributed 13 and seven boards in its 59-39 over Camden Catholic Saturday at the South versus Shore event.
Junior Kassidy Thompson scored 13 points and Aayrn Battle, another junior, added 11 in the Lady Irish’s defeat.
— Jerry Del Priore