2017-18 Shore Conference Girls Basketball Preview By Mike Ready

 

JERSEY SPORTING NEWS PRESEASON TOP 10

 

  1. Manasquan
  2. St. Rose
  3. Red Bank Catholic
  4. Saint John Vianney
  5. Toms River North
  6. Rumson-Fair Haven
  7. Manchester
  8. Donovan Catholic
  9. Marlboro
  10. Middletown South

 

Bubble teams: Holmdel, Trinity Hall, Howell, Colts Neck, Neptune

 

*Teams listed in predicted order of finish*

 

CLASS A NORTH

MARLBORO: Head coach Brad Hagensen (A North Coach of the Year), 2016-17 record (14-4, 9-3), 2nd A North, lost 2nd round CJG IV. KEY RETURNER: Sr. Jessica Broad (13 pts. 8 rebs. 1st team A North), Jr. Gisella Romeo, Jr. Theresa Besso, So. Briana Diaz, So. Sam Nocco, Jr. Isabella O’Hare, Jr. Allie Garcia KEY NEWCOMERS: Fr. G Sammy Jay, Fr. F Laura Moorhead, Fr. F Jess Riepe

HOWELL: Head coach Joe Santopiero, 2016-17 record (16-7, 7-5) lost 1st round CJG IV. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Rachel Gazzola (1st team A North, 14 pts. 5 rebs.), Lauren Kocsis, Riley Behnken, Liz Capestro, Perri Clifton, Jessica O’Brien KEY NEWCOMERS: Fr. Caitlin Gresko, Fr. Grace Leary

COLTS NECK: Head coach Steve Jannarone, 2016-17 record (13-12, 7-5), lost 1st round CJG IV. KEY RETURNERS: So. Cam Foltz, Sr. Cara Volpe (2nd team A North, 12 pts, 9 rebs.), Jr. Eva Gibson, Jr. Catherine Gibson, Teresa Marsh, Jr. Amy McGee KEY NEWCOMER: Fr. Jess Thessing

NEPTUNE: Head coach John Brown, 2016-17 record (24-4, 12-0), 1st A North, lost in CJG III final. KEY RETURNERS: So. Maykala Andrews (G, 7 pts.), Macy Brackett, Taylor Gardner (G, 4.7 pts.), Sr. Liz Kunze, Ma’Kayla Mincey, So. Autumn O’Neil

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP: 2016-17 record (12-14, 5-7). KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Sarah Hughes (2nd team A North, 10.4 pts. 6.4 rebs.), Sr. Molly Patmore, Sr. Kaity Porter, Sr. Sydney Rathsmith, Sr. Theresa Sanzone

FREEHOLD: 2016-17 record (8-13, 2-10) KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Sydney Przygoda (2nd team A North, 14 pts., 5.5 rebs.), Sr. Kymora Clarke, Sr. Emme Leune

MANALAPAN: 2016-17 record (2-18, 0-12). KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Kerry Tanke (G, 2nd team A North, 13 pts.), Sr. Gina DeLorenzo, So. Lauren Bruno, Cassidy Deaver, Grace DiPalmero

 

CLASS A CENTRAL

SAINT JOHN VIANNEY:  *SEE PREVIEW ARTICLE ON PAGE __*

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN: Head coach Dave Callahan, 2016-17 record (22-7, 10-2) 2nd A Central, SCT quarterfinalist, CJG II semifinalist. KEY RETURNERS: Tori Hyduke (2nd team All-Shore, 1st team All-State, 19.8 pts. 3.7 rebs. 1.8 asst., had a season-high 38 points in CJG II semifinal),  So. F Lucy Adams (3.8 pts. 4.2 rebs.), Jr. Phoebe Sprenal  (2.0 pts. 1.0 rebs.), Jr. Makenna Maguire, Sr. Anna Bendel, Jr. Elizabeth Kelly  KEY NEWCOMERS: Fr. G Grace Mint, Fr. F/G Cortland McBarron, Fr. F Chase Boyle

HOLMDEL: Head coach Doug Shaw, 2016-17 record (16-5, 7-5), CJG II quarterfinalist. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Christina Antonakakis (1st team A Central, 14.7 pts.), So. Kinsey Clark, So. Lea Nolan, Jr. Tori Nolan, Sr. Marilou Quintana, Jr. Jenna Stolker, Jr. Kenya Wagner  KEY NEWCOMERS: Fr. G Kristina Antonakakis, Fr. G/F Ryan Taylor

MATAWAN:  Head coach Felicia Oliver, 2016-17 record (8-17, 4-8). KEY RETURNERS: Sr. G Brianna Richardson (2nd team A Central, 10.8 pts. 3.8 rebs. 3.9 asst.), Sr. G Megan Groh (7 pts.), Jr. F Khoryn Bannis (10.6 pts. 5.3 rebs.), So. Bryn Radvanski

SHORE REGIONAL: Head coach William Wishart, 2016-17 record (10-20, 2-10), CJG I finalist. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. G Breanna Jackson (8.1 pts.), Junior Emily Guo (6.2 pts.), So. Caitlin Donegan (3.8 pts.), Sr. Jaclyn Shapiro (6.8 pts.)

RED BANK REGIONAL: Head coach  John Turhan, 2016-17 record (17-10, 7-5), CJG III quarterfinalist.  KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Bridget Tobin (4.7 pts. 1.4 rebs.), Jr. Megan Murry (6.5 pts. 1.3 rebs.), Jr. Mia Conti, Jr. Brylin Barnes, So. Lulu Attia, So. Abby Bynoe, So. Grace Goodwyn, So. Devyn Stack. KEY NEWCOMER: Fr. Choke Teter

RARITAN: Head coach Ron Poll, 2016-17 record (9-16, 0-12). KEY RETURNERS: Jr. G Katrina Wojtowicz (10.8 pts.), Jr. Renata Alberici (6 pts.), Jr. Megan Borys (3.6 pts.), So. Jordan Hyman, So. Julia Sire, Jr. Madison Taylor

 

CLASS A SOUTH

TOMS RIVER NORTH: Head coach Vicki Gillen (A South Coach of the Year), 2016-17 record (27-4, 14-0) A South champions, SJG IV runner-up. Finished ranked ninth in the final APP Top 10. KEY RETURNERS: Jr. F Jenna Paul (Catholic University commit,  1st team A South, 16 pts. 9 rebs.), Sr. G Amanda Johnson (1st team A South, 11 pts.), Jr. Pt. G Briell Biscogno (2016 1st team All-Freshman team, 13 pts, 7 asst., out with ACL injury last season), Sr. Krystal Hund (5.7 pts.), Sr. Lindsey Cabby, So. Kristina Johnson, Sr. Heather Cheslock.  KEY NEWCOMER: Sr. Khamyia Spence(transfer from Manchester, 5.9 pts. 2.5 rebs.)

TOMS RIVER SOUTH: Head coach Kim Teto, 2016-17 record (15-12, 10-4) 2nd A South, lost 2nd round SJG III. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Emily Donzati (1st team A South, 12 pts. 4 rebs. 4 asst.), Sr. Octoaia Garland (8.0 pts. 6.0 rebs.), Jr. F Caitlin Carroll (3.3 pts. 3.2 rebs.), Jr. Hannah Wagner (10 pts. 2.8 rebs.), Jr. Shilon Williams (4.9 pts. 5.7 rebs.), So. Madison Braun, Jr. Molly Legrand

JACKSON MEMORIAL: Head coach Dani Evans, 2016-17 record (8-14, 6-8). KEY RETURNERS: Jr. Dani Evans (2nd team A South, 10 pts. 5 rebs. 7 double/doubles), So. G Bianca Giordano (5.8 pts. 2.7 rebs. 2.8 asst.), Sr. F Allison Wanzor (out last season with ACL injury, 2015-16 stats: 5.9 pts. 4.1 rebs. 1.6 asst.), So. G Kristina Donza (transfer from Jackson Liberty, 16.2 pts.), So. Natalie Knauf, Sr. F Alexis Casella (4.2 pts.  6.5 rebs.), So. Makenzie Dakin, Jr. Haley Pitlak, Jr. Kaylee Sullivan, Jr. Ally Vella KEY NEWCOMER: Fr. Rachel Capua 

SOUTHERN:  Head coach Tom Bucci,  2016-17 record (14-13, 9-5) third A South. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. G Colleen Brady (2nd team A South, 9.4 pts. 3.6 rebs. 2.2 asst.), Sr. F Lauren Cruse (10.6 pts. 4.6 rebs.) Sr. Makayla Nicolini (3.8 pts. 2.4 rebs. 1.9 asst.),  So. Kaela Curtin (6.1 pts. 2.7 rebs.), Jr Jacqueline Ward (5.2 pts. 2.3 rebs. 2.0 asst.)

TOMS RIVER EAST: Head coach Kevin Cohen, 2016-17 record (14-12, 8-6) 3rd A South, lost in SJG III quarterfinals. KEY RETURNERS: Jr. F Kamryn Lister (1st team A South, 13.1 pts. 8.5 rebs.), Jr. Adriana Hart, Sr. Lauren Sampson, Sr. Sydney Phibbs (4 pts. 4 rebs.), So. Jordyn Madigan (6.6 pts, 3.8 rebs.), Jr. Morgan Hall, So. Nicole Platten, Sr. Melanie Mennoma

BRICK MEMORIAL:  Head coach Tom Lecorchick, 2016-17 record (12-14, 5-9). KEY RETURNERS: Sr. F Shauna Bruker (2nd team A South, 14.8 pts. 11.4 rebs.), Sr. Cassandra Ball (4.6 pts. 3.8 rebs.), Jr. Angel Hernandez (3.9 pts. 3.2 rebs.), So. Kiara Richards (3.1 pts. 2.8 rebs.), So. Karina Roettger, So. Jenna Schiessl, So. Jordan Viggiano 

 

CLASS B NORTH

MANASQUAN: Head coach Lisa Kukoda, 2016-17 record (33-3, 14-0), Class B North champions, CJG II and Group II champions, lost at the buzzer to Franklin in the TOC final. Finished ranked No. 1 in the final APP  Top 10. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. G Dara Mabrey (Virginia Tech commit, 1st team All-Shore, 19.8 pts. 3.7 rebs. 1.8 asst.), Jr. F Faith Masonius (10.6 pts. 5.8 rebs., 2nd team All-Shore), Jr. G Lola Mullaney, Sr. G Carley Geissler, Jr. G Annie Mako, Sr. F Maggie Kelly, Sr. F Elena Hart, Sr. F Emma McMenaman  KEY NEWCOMERS: Fr. G Allison Waters, Fr. G Macy Black

RED BANK CATHOLIC: *SEE PREVIEW ARTICLE ON PAGE __*

MIDDLETOWN SOUTH: Head coach Tom Brennan, 2016-17 record (18-9, 10-4), lost in CJG IV semifinal. Finished ranked seventh in the final APP Top 10 poll. KEY RETURNERS: So. Stephanie Mayerhoffer (4.1 pts. 1.4 rebs.), Jr. F  Isla Brennan (9 pts. 5.1 rebs. 2.3 asst.), Kayla Richardson (All-Freshman team, 6.4 pts.3.3 rebs.), Jr. Eve Pire (3.8 pts. 2.5 rebs), Jr. Sam Keenan (4.7 pts. 3.5 rebs.), F Madison Szabo. Both senior Gabby Cook and junior Emily McCarthy also return after sitting out last season with torn ACLs.  KEY NEWCOMER: Fr. Grace Meegan

MIDDLETOWN NORTH: Head coach Justin McGee, 2016-17 (14-10, 8-6), CJG IV quarterfinalist. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Kiera Williams (7.8 pts.), Jr. Gina Palladino, Sr. Caleigh McAnuff (5.9 pts.), Jr. Melissa Golembieski (2.8 pts.), Sr. Bayla Padla, Jr. Giana McGauhey, So. Lauren Heck

WALL: Head coach Colleen Wisher, 2016-17 record (13-14, 6-8), CJG III quarterfinalist.

LONG BRANCH: Head coach Shannon Coyle, 2016-17 record (6-14, 3-11)

OCEAN: Head coach Maggie Kinkela, 2016-17 record (5-20, 0-15)

 

CLASS B CENTRAL

ST. ROSE: Head coach Mary Beth Chambers, 2016-17 record (26-4, 16-0), B Central champions, SCT champions, Non-Public South B semifinalist. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Pt. G Mikayla Markham (2nd team All-Shore, Columbia commit, 11.2 pts. 3.0 rebs. 5.0 asst.), Sr. C/F Lucy Thomas (2nd team All-Shore, B Central Player of the Year, 12.6 pts. 9.7 rebs.), Sr. F Liz Marsicano (St. Joseph’s commit, 7.8 pts. 8.1 rebs. 1.7 asst.), Sr. Ariana Dalia (5.8 pts. 3.6 rebs.), Jr. Lauren Lithgow (6.0 pts. 1.6 rebs. 1.4 asst.), So. G/F Molly Lynch (3.1 pts. 2.3 rebs. 1.7 asst.), Jr. Sam Mikos (3.4 pts. 3.9 rebs.), So. Alex Prus (2.5 pts. 1.1 rebs.), Jr. F Maggie Stapleton (4.1 pts. 2.3 rebs. 1.1 asst.)

TRINITY HALL: *SEE PREVIEW STORY ON PAGE __*

MATER DEI: Head coach Brian Laux, 2016-17 record (14-12, 11-5), lost 1st round Non-Public B South. KEY RETURNERS: So. Taylor Crystain (6.7 pts. 2.4 rebs.), Sr. Jill Williams (5.3 pts. 3.6 rebs.), So. Katherine Zoda (8.0 pts. 2.2 rebs. 2.0 asst.), Sr. Valeri Zoda 

KEYPORT: Head coach Deboney Braithwaite, 2016-17 record (14-10, 10-6), lost 1st round CJG I. KEY RETURNERS: Jr. Giana Piccini (2nd team B Central, 13.0 pts. 6.9 rebs.), Jr. Shannon Devlin (10.1 pts. 5.3 rebs. 1.7 asst.), Sr. Sage Hunt (3.0 pts. 5.1 rebs.), Sr. Hannah Thomson (2.7 pts. 2.3 rebs. 2.0 asst.), Jr. Alexis Breen (3.9 pts. 2.0 rebs.)

POINT PLEASANT BEACH: Head coach Jay Marsino, 2016-17 record (11-13, 9-7), CJG I quarterfinalist.

KEY RETURNER: Jr. Makayla Hughes (2nd team All-Shore, 8.6 pts.), Sr. Cadyn Dering (9.2 pts.), Sr. Cameron Barnes (5.0 pts.), Jr. Carleigh Burns (5.1 pts.), Jr. Madelyn House (5.0 pts.), Sr. Sydney Schifano (2.2 pts.)

HENRY HUDSON: Head coach Joan Manigrasso, 2016-17 record (7-17, 4-13). KEY RETURNERS: Devon Adams (2nd team B Central, 8.8 pts. 4.6 rebs. 1.6 asst.), Sr. F Brea Carestrom (5.9 pts. 9.3 rebs.), Sr. Emma Curry (6.3 pts. 5 rebs. 2.3 asst.), So. Alyssa Curry (4.2 pts. 7.5 rebs.), Jr. Kerry Harper (5.0 pts. 5.1 rebs.), Sr. Madeline Reynolds

RANNEY: Head coach Lawrence Schuler, 2016-17 record (5-18, 0-16). KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Allison Sobieski (2nd team B Central,  7.2 pts.), Sr. Kaitlin Serpico (4.3 pts.), So. Lilly Blumenkrantz (7.3 pts.), Sr. Victoria Cuciniello (3.6 pts.)

ASBURY PARK: Head coach Joyel Furges, 2016-17 record (6-16, 5-11). KEY RETURNERS: Sr. Tierra Gamble, Jr. Dayonna Cartar   

KEANSBURG: Head coach Jonathan Book, 2016-17 record (4-17, 4-13). KEY RETURNERS: Jr. Hannah Valle, Jr. Malori Bell, Jr. Alyssa Castera

 

CLASS B SOUTH

MANCHESTER: *SEE PREVIEW ARTICLE ON PAGE __*

DONOVAN CATHOLIC: Head coach Glenn Jansen (first year), 2016-17 record (18-7, 13-1) B South co-champion, as No. 8 seed lost in Non-Public South A quarterfinal.  KEY RETURNERS: Sr. G Molly Collins (2nd team B South, 9.4 pts., 3.2 asst. 1.7 rebs.), Sr. F Alyssa Hirschy (1st team B South, 11.6 pts. 5.3 rebs.), Sr. F/C Melissa Buxton (7.9 pts. 5.2 rebs.), So. Pt. G Paige Slaven (All-Freshman team, 7.2 pts. 2.5 asst. 2.7 rebs.), Jr.Victoria Gelosi, So. F Jada Kearney, So. F Karolina Jaruseviciute KEY NEWCOMER: Fr. G Jordyn Keating

BARNEGAT: Head coach Tammy Nicolini, 2016-17 record (16-12, 7-7) as No. 8 seed lost in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinals. KEY RETURNERS: Sr. F Shannon McCoy (All-Division selection a year ago and is a legitimate star after averaging 15.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists. She can do it all and the Bengals will be banking on her heavily again this season after losing a number of starters to graduation), Sr. G Madeline Scott, Sr. F Ginalee Erskine, Jr. F Jada Baker, Jr. Sydney Boyer

POINT BORO: 2016-17 record (16-10, 10-4)

PINELANDS: 2016-17 (10-15, 4-10)

LACEY: 2016-17 record (7-13, 5-8)

JACKSON LIBERTY: 2016-17 record (6-19, 3-11)

LAKEWOOD: 2016-17 record (2-19, 0-13)

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