I will have updates from the Freehold-St. Rose game starting at 7 p.m. and anything else I get from the other Shore Conference Tournament girls hoops action for Thursday, so be sure to check back often.
Updated 8:41 p.m.
St. Rose wins it, 52-49 in overtime, to complete an amazing comeback from a 15-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and a 14-point, deficit with 4:59 left in the game and move on to face Colts Neck in the quarterfinals. What a game. In the other late game, St. John Vianney beat Jackson Memorial, 85-50, as Jackie Kates led five players in double figures with 20 points, Katelyn Linney added 13, Missy Repoli had 10, Katie O’Reilly had 12 and Teresa Manigrasso had 11 for the No. 1 seed Lancers.
Updated 8:39 p.m.
Alison Sweeney just made one of two free throws for St. Rose for a 52-49 lead with 2 seconds left and Freehold has taken a timeout.
Updated 8:30 p.m.
St. Rose has jumped out to a 48-44 lead with 2:29 left in overtime as Gia Russo just powered in a lay-up.
Updated 8:26 p.m.
St. Rose’s Alexx Hall just dribbled end to end and put in a lay-up at the regulation buzzer to tie the game and send it into overtime with Freehold, tied at 43. What a comeback, as St. Rose was down by 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Updated 8:24 p.m.
St. Rose has mounted a furious rush and is down 43-41 with 6.6 seconds left in the game after Freehold’s Simone Dixon made one of two free throws, so we’re about to get to the big finish after this timeout.
Updated 8:17 p.m.
A drive by Alexx Hall has cut Freehold’s lead to 40-36 with 1:30 left in the game as St. Rose is on a 9-0 run.
Updated 8:14 p.m.
A 3-pointer by freshman center Sam Clark for St. Rose has cut Freehold’s lead to 40-32 with 2:37 left in the game.
Updated 8 p.m.
Freehold has a 36-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Alex Eagle after a basket by Shannon Mayrose. St. Rose had it down to 10 and had the ball and two occasions but turned it over both times. Freehold is outhustling St. Rose to loose balls and forced 6 turnovers in the period. In another game, Rumson topped Freehold Township, 36-31, behind 15 points from senior Kate Miller. Also, in Middletown South’s win, senior Danielle Pankey had 26 points and sophomore Meghan McGuinness had 9 against RBC.
Also, fifth-seeded Southern beat Toms River North by 10 points to move on to face Rumson in the quarterfinals.
Updated 7:48 p.m.
Another scoring update – No. 6 Middletown South has knocked off No. 11 Red Bank Catholic, 45-32, to move on and face Neptune in the quarterfinals.
Updated 7:36 p.m.
Freehold leads St. Rose 24-10 at the half, as it reeled off a 9-1 run to end the half. St. Rose can’t make anything from the perimeter, it has missed eight lay-ups and the free throw shooting on both sides has been poor. St. Rose is 4-for-10 from the stripe and Freehold is 9-for-14. Shannon Mayrose has a game-high 6 points at the half. In other scoring update, Rumson blanked Freehold Township 15-0 in the third quarter to surge back to a 27-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Updated 7:23 p.m.
Freehold has surged out to a 15-5 lead on baskets by Shannon Mayrose and Simone Dixon with 6:50 left in the half.
Updated 7:20 p.m.
Freehold leads 11-5 after the first quarter in a game that is basically a glorified free throw shooting contest right now. Both teams are pushing the ball relentlessly, and St. Rose has done a solid job on Freehold’s Shannon Mayrose thus far. One more foul and Freehold will be in the bonus, which could be a big factor in the second quarter. St. Rose also can’t get anything to fall from the perimeter.
Updated 7:12 p.m.
Freehold has taken an early 7-2 lead as this game has just gotten underway. Another score of interest is that Rumson is down 21-12 at the half to Freehold Township as the Bulldogs can’t get anything to fall from the perimeter. The Colonials are forcing the action and getting to the foul line repeatedly here at St. Rose.
So far, the one score that is in from the early game was a fairly predictable one, as third-seeded and undefeated Neptune rolled past No. 14 Raritan, 69-40, to reach the quarterfinals, where they will play the winner of the Red Bank Catholic-Middletown South game at 2:30 p.m. at Brookdale on Saturday.
I also have a few quick football notes for today. Pictured at left is the signing of Southern seniors Steve Sibona (front row left) and John Binford, who are shown with both of their families as they both sign with Sacred Heart. Sibona was a standout linebacker for the Rams and Binford was a starting safety on the best team in school history. Congrats to both.
In other news, Manasquan lineman Rich Dulski has committed to Johns Hopkins and linebacker/tight end Dan Kerrigan has committed to Columbia, according to Warriors coach Pete Cahill, so congrats to both of them. They were both key players for a Warriors team that won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title, and obviously they are tremendous students as well considering the academic caliber of those two schools. Senior quarterback Mike LaSala may wind up at Kean University, but nothing is concrete yet, according to Cahill.