Girls SCT Quarterfinals: Live Blog…

I will be here live all day from Brookdale as the girls Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals will be running from 11 a.m. to the last tip-off at 4:15 p.m., so check back often for updates, news, notes, bad jokes and more.

First game – St. John Vianney 82, Manchester 56 (Final)

Second game – Rumson-FH 55, Southern 36 (Final)

Third game – Neptune 69, Middletown South 52 (Final)

Fourth game – St. Rose 55, Colts Neck 45 (Final)

Click here for the updated SCT bracket.

Updated 6 p.m.

One last update on the St. Rose stunner. Alexx Hall led St. Rose with 13 points, senior guard Gia Russo added 12 and freshman Sam Clark had 11 points to lead the way. Colts Neck’s Brittany Howes led the Cougars with 12 points, and Brooke Hampton and Tiffany DeTulio each added 10. Junior guard Lauren Clarke had 7 points but did not have a field goal. The Purple Roses now meet Neptune in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Ritacco Center.

What a game, and I will have a story and video highlights from one of the biggest upsets in the state this season.

Updated 5:43 p.m.

It’s a final, St. Rose stuns second-seeded Colts Neck, 55-45, to move on to the semifinals on Monday at Ritacco Center.

Updated 5:41 p.m.

St. Rose is up 52-45 on Colts Neck with 13.9 seconds away and is about to send a shockwave across the state and advance to the semifinals against Neptune. I guess the Purple Roses will get that Neptune game after all.

Updated 5:34 p.m.

Barring a miracle, St. Rose is going to pull this upset off, as the Purple Roses lead Colts Neck 49-37 with 1:24 left in the game. Colts Neck has missed lay-ups and everything else in trying to come back.

Updated 5:29 p.m.

Colts Neck has fought back from a 45-31 deficit to cut St. Rose’s lead to 45-37 with 3:35 to go in the game as they are starting to turn up the heat defensively, and St. Rose just missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Updated 5:17 p.m.

We are 8 minutes away from a monster upset as St. Rose leads Colts Neck 41-29 after three quarters. The Purple Roses seized back the momentum out of halftime with a 7-0 run to start the third period and they have maintained from there. Sam Clark has started to get going offensively and their guards are making plays off the dribble. Colts Neck cannot get anything to fall from 3-point range or on drives to the basket and are really struggling. We’ll see if the Cougars can pull it out or if St. Rose will pull off one of the biggest upsets in the state this season and become the first Shore Conference team to beat the Cougars.


Updated 4:53 p.m.

St. Rose surprisingly leads second-seeded Colts Neck, 26-21, at the half, but Colts Neck has all the momentum going into the break as it ended the period on a 10-3 run. The Cougars were down 21-9 early in the second quarter, but chipped away to make it five at the half by repeatedly getting to the free throw line as junior guard Brooke Hampton has really started to attack off the dribble.

St. Rose’s offense has slowed down after its 3-point assault in the first quarter, and it has not established Samantha Clark at all inside. However, the Purple Roses are hanging tough but will need to find more offense to fend off the Cougars in the second half.

Alexx Hall leads St. Rose with 9 points, all on threes, and Brooke Hampton and Brittany Howes each have 8 points for Colts Neck.

Updated 4:36 p.m.

St. Rose has jumped out to a surprising 19-9 lead after the first quarter against Colts Neck and has shot the lights out from 3-point range. The Purple Roses hit five 3-pointers in the first period on 7 attempts, including three by junior guard Alexx Hall to put the Colts Neck on its heels.

Updated 4:23 p.m.

St. Rose has come out fired up, jumping out to an 8-0 lead on the strength of two 3-pointers by Alexx Hall with 5:49 left in the first quarter.

Updated 4:22 p.m.

Colts Neck-St. Rose is just about to tip off. The closest game of the day has been 17 points, so we’ll see if underdog St. Rose can reverse that trend.

Updated 4:14 p.m.

A few extra stats from Neptune’s win. Senior Marley Mauvais had 15 rebounds to go with her 20 points, Shakena Richardson added 6 assists and 3 steals with her 14 points and Sehmonyeh Allen had 4 assists along with 14 points for the Scarlet Fliers.

Talking to Richardson after the game, she said that Neptune is still unhappy with the lapses it has during games and the fact that Mauvais is often left alone to do all the rebounding, so they have to have a more team effort there. They also weren’t happy with Danielle Pankey getting 20 points because they felt they gave her too many easy looks. Also, while Neptune’s fans may be a little upset that their team isn’t No. 1 because it’s the only undefeated team left in the Shore, the players are not beating their chests asking for respect. They feel they have to go in and earn it in the next round, so they have stayed humble.

Updated 3:59 p.m.

Neptune has knocked off Middletown South, 69-52, in what so far has been the closest game of the day, and will face the winner of Colts Neck-St. Rose in Monday’s semifinals at the Ritacco Center. Senior forward Marley Mauvais had 20 points, and Shakena Richardson and Sehmonyeh Allen each added 14 as Neptune improved to 24-0. Danielle Pankey led Midd. South with 20 points and Meghan McGuinness added 16 in the loss.

Updated 3:45 p.m.

Neptune leads 55-43 with 3:53 left in the game as Middletown South opened the quarter on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 11 points, and Danielle Pankey has 7 points in the quarter already for the Eagles.

Updated 3:35 p.m.

Neptune leads Middletown South 48-32 after the third quarter as they started the period with a 12-0 run to blow open the game and had the lead up to 22 points before a late 6-0 run by the Eagles got it down to 16. Sehmonyeh Allen had a strong quarter with 8 points for Neptune. The Scarlet Fliers were whipping passes to the block for easy lay-ups and scoring off turnovers.

Updated 3:25 p.m.

Neptune has started the third quarter on a 6-0 run featuring two baskets by Marley Mauvais and a basket off a steal and a nice assist by Sehmonyeh Allen to take a 40-22 lead with 5:58 left in the third.

Updated 3:12 p.m.

Neptune used a 12-1 run to end the half and take a 34-22 lead over Middletown South at the break. The Scarlet Fliers caused turnovers on 5 straight Middletown South possessions at one point, and then Neptune’s Shakena Richardson went flying down the length of the floor to throw in a dazzling scoop shot at the halftime buzzer for a demoralizing basket. Guard Morgan Thompson has 9 points to lead Neptune, all of them on 3-pointers, and Danielle Pankey has 6 points to lead South. The Fliers are running an extra defender at Pankey every time she catches the ball, and three South starters have 3 fouls at the half, so it’s going to be an uphill battle for the Eagles.

Updated 2:59 p.m.

Neptune leads 19-17 with 4:45 left in the first half as Middletown South’s complementary scorers have stepped up to keep them right with the Scarlet Fliers.

Updated 2:51 p.m.

Neptune leads 14-12 over Middletown South at the end of the first quarter, as the Eagles have shown they are here to play. Senior forward Marley Mauvais had 6 first-quarter points for the Scarlet Fliers and has hurt South with her offensive rebounding. Syessence Davis also hit a crazy, off-balance bank shot to end the quarter and give Neptune the lead. Danielle Pankey has made some nice passes for the Eagles, but a bad sign is that sophomore guard Meghan McGuinness, South’s second-leading scorer, already has two fouls.

Updated 2:40 p.m.

The Middletown South-Neptune game is underway with the biggest crowd of the day in attendance and so far the Eagles lead 7-4 with 5:19 left in the first quarter.

Updated 2:24 p.m.

Just some quick stats from the Rumson win over Southern. Kate Miller, Brielle O’Brien and Julie Kelly each had 11 points and Ashley Cooper added 10 in a balanced scoring effort for Rumson, which is a good sign on a team where Miller often has had to carry a heavy offensive load in big games. Cooper in particular played a great game, energizing the team from the outset with her defense and setting the tone for a solid offensive game. O’Brien was also excellent off the bench. Talking to the players after the game, it sounds like RFH coach George Sourlis has loosened the reins a little more offensively to let them create and play a little more free rather than being bound to a rigid system, and it looked good today.

Also, Miller won her 100th career game as a Bulldog, as she has been a varsity player since her freshman season. A brilliant career adds another chapter, and congrats to Miller, one of the biggest class acts you will ever meet. Miller also did an outstanding defensive job of Kristen Sharkey despite giving up height and size in the post. There are few players in the Shore who can defend the 1 through 5 spots, and Miller is No. 1 on that list.

Updated 2:15 p.m.

Rumson has polished off Southern, 55-36, to advance to a third meeting this season with St. John Vianney, which has beaten the Bulldogs twice. They will play at 7:45 p.m. at the Ritacco Center on Monday in the semifinals. The Bulldogs held Southern’s Kristen Sharkey, who averages 20.5 ppg, to 12 points.

This is shaping up to be an utterly mind-numbingly boring day of basketball, as SJV and RFH both won by blowouts. Hopefully Middletown South can give undefeated Neptune a run. I think the SCT committee blew it on the seeding by the way. RFH should’ve played Middletown South, and Southern should’ve faced Neptune. I had South as the No. 4 seed and the Eagles should’ve been no lower than No. 5. I think they would’ve given RFH a better run, although I don’t want to really knock Southern because the Rams have had a nice season. I just thought it should’ve been RFH-Midd. South in this game. The Rams did have a legit argument in that they beat Midd. South during the regular season, but Midd. South also beat Rumson in Rumson and was one of the hottest teams in the Shore coming into this tournament.

Updated 1:51 p.m.

Rumson leads Southern 43-22 heading into the fourth quarter and this one is all but over. Rumson outscored Southern 17-6 in the third quarter, with Southern’s only field goal coming with 6:20 remaining. Julie Kelly led the way for the Bulldogs with 9 points in the third quarter to help blow open the game.

Updated 1:40 p.m.

Rumson has blasted out to a 39-20 lead with 4:13 left in the third quarter by blitzing Southern with a 13-4 run to start the second half, and Southern star Kristen Sharkey has four fouls. Southern only plays five players, six max, so Rams coach Kathy Snyder has left Sharkey in the game. The way Rumson defends and with Sharkey potentially fouling out, it’s going to be almost impossible for Southern to come back.

Updated 1:22 p.m.

Rumson leads Southern, 26-16, at the half, as the Bulldogs have gotten a lift off the bench from Brielle O’Brien, who has 8 points at the half, including two threes, and sophomore guard Ashley Cooper has 7 points. Junior center Kristen Sharkey has six points to lead Southern, as she is battling in the post with Rumson’s Kate Miller, the most versatile defender in the Shore Conference. Miller has done a good job of fronting the post, and RFH’s help defense has helped force Sharkey into a couple of traveling calls under the basket.

Southern isn’t doing too badly defensively, but Rumson’s defense is making it hard to get the ball to Sharkey, putting the pressure on Southern’s guards to produce offensively, plus fellow forward Avery Hodgson only had two free throws in the first half for her only points.

Updated 1:06 p.m.

Rumson-FH leads Southern, 17-8 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs seized a 17-4 lead after a 3-pointer by Kate Miller, but Southern closed with four straight free throws to cut into the lead. Rumson has done a decent job of fronting the post and stopping the lob to Southern’s Kristen Sharkey, and sophomore Ashley Cooper dropped in 7 points in the first quarter for Rumson.

Updated 12:53 p.m.

Rumson has bolted out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead over Southern fueled by sophomore guard Ashley Cooper, who has two steals and two lay-ups to give the Bulldogs early momentum.

Updated 12:47 p.m.

Just a quick update on St. John Vianney sophomore guard Jackie Kates before the Rumson-Southern game tips off. Kates went down with an injury in the first quarter and did not return, icing her left knee for the rest of the game. Initial tests on Kates’ knee didn’t indicate any structural damage like an ACL injury or anything like that, according to SJV coach Dawn Karpell, so it most likely may just be a hyperextension.

Updated 12:31 p.m.

In SJV’s 82-56 win, freshman Michaela Mabrey led the Lancers with 18 points and 4 assists, sophomore Missy Repoli had 17 points, sophomore forward Katie O’Reilly had 15 points and 10 rebounds and senior Katelyn Linney had 14 points. For Manchester, forward Ariele Parrish, guard Camille Valmon and guard Precious Allen each had 15 points.

Updated 12:25 p.m.

St. John Vianney is back in the semifinals for a second straight season as the Lancers rolled to an 82-56 win over eighth-seeded Manchester and will face the winner of the next game between Rumson and Southern in Monday’s semifinals at the Ritacco Center at 7:45 p.m.

Updated 12:18 p.m.

St. John Vianney leads Manchester, 71-51, with 4:01 left in the game as Manchester star Camille Valmon has just fouled out. SJV coach Dawn Karpell just called a full timeout in frustration with SJV’s turnovers and rebounding despite the lead, as she is trying to keep this team sharp for Monday’s semifinals.

Updated 12:10 p.m.

St. John Vianney leads Manchester 65-45 after three quarters as sophomore Missy Repoli has 16 points. Manchester’s Precious Allen hit three 3-pointers in the quarter for the Hawks.

Updated 12:04 p.m.

St. John Vianney leads Manchester 62-38 with 2:25 left in the third quarter as we play out the string before the Rumson-Southern game, which, on paper, looks like the best game of the day.

Updated 11:57 a.m.

St. John Vianney went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter and take a 55-26 lead over Manchester as the onslaught continues.

Updated 11:40 a.m.

The rout is on as St. John Vianney is up 47-26 at the half on Manchester, and considering how deep the Lancers’ bench is, this one could get close to triple digits by the time we’re said and done. SJV sophomore Missy Repoli has 13 points at the break, freshman Michaela Mabrey has 12 and Manchester senior Camille Valmon has 13 points. The Lancers are forcing a ton of turnovers with their trademark press and scoring on almost every possession. They just have too many weapons.

Updated 11:34 a.m.

St. John Vianney is opening it up now, up 40-22 on Manchester with 2:21 left in the half as freshman Michaela Mabrey has rattled off eight of their last 10 points. Manchester star Camille Valmon also already has three fouls, so this one is basically going to be garbage time for the whole second half.

Updated 11:27 a.m.

This one is already starting to get out of hand as St. John Vianney is out to a 32-16 lead with 5:04 left in the half, as Manchester is really struggling with turnovers.

Updated 11:21 a.m.

St. John Vianney leads 21-9 after the first quarter as this game is going to form, with SJV forcing a blizzard of turnovers and capitalizing and the Valmon sisters, Gabrielle and Camille, helping the Hawks hang around. Missy Repoli is off to a fast start with 10 first-quarter points for SJV.

Updated 11:09 p.m.

St. John Vianney leads Manchester 8-0 with 5:06 left in the first quarter but had a scare as sophomore point guard Jackie Kates just went down clutching her left knee and after a short break was able to get up and limp off. While that is not good, SJV has simply replaced her with super freshman Michaela Mabrey. Hopefully Kates is OK. She is on a training table with a bag of ice on her left knee right now.

The crowd is a decent size for an early game, so I applaud the good people of Manchester and SJV for waking up early on a Saturday.

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