The New Jersey girls’ high school playoffs are always an exciting time, as teams engage in fierce battle for hoops supremacy in its respective sections. Plus, what is better than watching the various gifted players perform at the top of their game, looking to help their squads win while making a name for themselves in the process?
Not much if you are a true fan of high school girls’ hoops.
Here is how the high-octane action shook out in the NJSIAA Tournament, North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Sectionals, in four games, highlighted by the players who posted impressive numbers.
Chatham junior Riley Allen, a talented Cougar guard and leader, dropped in a total of 56 points, good for an average of 14 points per game.
Allen drained a team-best 11 points while freshman Ella Kreuzer contributed 10 in the championship win.
Junior Madison Jenisch scored a game-high 13 points for Randolph. Senior Sarah Bona grabbed nine boards and freshman Kayla Brand had eight for the Rams.
Riley led the Cougars with 19 points, with a thrilling game-winning three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in the tilt. Freshman Mia Semioli scored 13 points, including a halfcourt buzzer-beater at the half.
Kyra Rose, a feisty senior wing with a great handle, dropped in a game-best 23 points for the Tigers.
Sophomore Addison Barrett scored a game-best 14 points while Semioli finished with 13 points and Riley and Kreuzer poured in 12 apiece for the Cougars.
The Streaks’ Maddie Morgan led all players with 20 points.
Allen banged in a game-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while senior Grace Tortorella drained three three-pointers en route to scoring 11 points. Semioli contributed nine points in the victory.
— Jerry Del Priore