Sean Martin, Ryan Wydra and Jim Rosa were once again on hand in Holmdel for an entertaining second day of basketball at Maroon and White camp. Here are our reactions, thoughts, and interviews! Keep up with the team on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ, @SCHoops1 and @jimrosa519!
Youth Shows for Middletown South in Day 2
In the opening game against fast-paced Manasquan, the Eagles could not find a rhythm offensively and turned the ball over numerous times. Leading the charge defensively for the Warriors was, you guessed it, Stella Clark.
The Middletown South defense kept them in the game, defending a Manasquan team playing without Dara Mabrey and Faith Masonious. With time winding down in the first half, Stephanie Karcz looked to lead her team offensively. She has had a great feel this camp for knowing when her team needs her to make the big time play! With her team struggling, she brought the ball coast to coast for a basket and a foul to cut the Warriors lead.
However, Middletown South fell short 38-35. Sean Martin caught up with Stephanie after her team’s second game against RBC.
RBC Continues to Grow!
One of the premier games of the day featured one of the top rising teams in the Shore conference. In day two of the Maroon and White camp, the RBC Caseys showed that they could stay with the top team in the Shore conference; Saint John Vianney. Once again we saw a dynamic team that has begun to prove to people that this year will be the year that they come together and solidify a roster that only features three seniors.
However, this core group of seniors will be relied upon heavily along with a select few juniors that will make this team exciting to watch. When Josie Larkins, Maureen Coakley, and Rose Caverly are all on the floor, things really seem to click as we saw today. A balance of ball movement and aggressiveness lead to an abundance of scoring which is what allowed them to keep the game close throughout a tight Summer battle with Saint John Vianney.
On the other side of the ball Katie Rice has been performing at a high level. Her defense has been one of the best at the camp along with Caverly who produced a hustle jump ball during the game against Middletown South. Another standout for RBC is Hayley Moore. I was able to catch up with her after the game in which she praised her team in saying “ Our team plays hard every game.” “Since we have so many returning players from last year, our chemistry is getting better every day”. Moore credits their hard working attitude as a reason why they can hopefully win a State championship this year. Jim Rosa had a chance to talk to RBC Center Maureen Coakley.
St John Vianney made their entrance in a big way!
Everyone can always recognize the St John Vianney Lancers when they come into the building. They warm up, rally together, and are always about taking care of business. You can say that they are more about business this year. With eight seniors returning, SJV has one goal in mind for the 2015-16 season, a TOC Championship.
The Lancers began the day working against a tough Red Bank Catholic team. SJV are playing without three starters. Point guard Kelly Campbell, Center Kimi Evans, and Forward Gigi Caponegro are all participating in the Nike Nationals Tournament, but this did not stop SJV from getting off to a good start.
SJV got tremendous leadership from Zoe Pero and Kellie Crouch. Pero dominated the paint from the start. Zoe was grabbing rebounds, and posting up opponents on offense. Pero looks much quicker and aggressive underneath the basket compared to last year. Expect her to play a huge role down the stretch for this SJV team.
SJV also continued to get great production from their bench. Vanessa Pinho was as scrappy as they come on defense. Pinho was able to lock down several of the RBC guards, and she also spent a lot of time fighting for every loose ball. Vanessa knows how to use her speed to overwhelm opponents and frustrate their offense. Madie Doring and Riley Kehoe also played a key role for the Lancers in both games. Doring was hitting shot after shot, and fighting for offensive rebounds. Kehoe came off the bench in both games and was not afraid to take chances on offense. She was also playing tenacious defense and staying in front of her opponents.
SJV went on to win a hard fought game against RBC 46-42. It was extremely impressive to see SJV playing so well against RBC without three of their best players. This once again shows how much depth this Lancers team really has. Dawn Karpell has a team where she can go 12 deep and still be successful.
It will be interesting to see SJV work against Rumson Fair Haven in the Maroon and White Camp Finale tomorrow. Both teams are very familiar with each other and will battle it out to the finish. After the game, Sean Martin and Jim Rosa had a chance to catch up with St John Vianney Guard Tina LeBron to discuss her thoughts on her teams’ performance.
Southern Regional continues to gain valuable experience
The goal for Southern Regional head coach Tom Bucci was to get his team some extra experience against the best competition during these three days. The Maroon and White Camp would be a great opportunity to do just that. Southern has spent the past two days playing programs like Manasquan and St John Vianney. While playing programs like this can be very tough, this is experience that will only help Southern as they get ready for December.
Senior Captain Morgan Henderson has really had a great camp. The guard has been on fire behind the three point line. She has shot extremely well from the field in all of her games. Southern will rely on her leadership and experience to help motivate others around her.Gabby Muraczewski had a great day for the Rams. The Senior forward looks much stronger and ready to have a big role for the Rams this year. Muraczewski was aggressive on the offensive and defensive glass. She really did a great job against both Manasquan and St.John Vianney. Shauna McHale continues to use her size to an advantage for Southern. The Rams will count on McHale to control the paint this season. This will be very important as Southern plays their tough conference schedule. McHale will definitely be up for the challenge as she will rebound and create opportunities for Bianca Nicolini and Morgan Henderson.
Ryan Wydra had a chance to talk to Southern Regional Head Coach Tom Bucci to get his thoughts on the upcoming season.
Rumson Fair Haven continues to steal the show!
One cannot help but be impressed with the progress of this Bulldogs team. After losing four key Seniors to graduation, this year was going to be a turning point for Rumson. RFH will have three new starters in the lineup, but still has the Senior leadership of Nicole Morris and Stephanie Lesko. Both Morris and Lesko have shared their excitement about the season, and their teammates are rallying around them.
Once again RFH demonstrated their depth in games against Dumont and Roselle Catholic. Dumont put up a bit of a fight in the first half, but it was RFH who would blow the game open. There is already some great chemistry between Syd Sabino and Tori Hyduke. Several times you would see one of them come up with a steal and hit the other player down the other end for the quick two. They were also creating shots for each other. We are very excited to see how well these two work together throughout the season. Both have major potential and the coaches better be watching.
Katie Foos has to be one of the most underrated players at the Shore. More people need to observe how well this kid plays the game. Foos lit up Dumont with several three point shots, and was able to make her presence felt on defense. Foos can rebound, and block shots as well. Everyone remembers Foos for her tremendous three point shot that sent the Central Jersey Group II Championship Game into overtime. Expect some really great stuff out of Foos this Winter. She will only get better and better!
Folks, do not forget to keep your eye on Lindsey Morris and Megan Volker. Lindsey has great floor awareness and knows how to put herself in the right spot. This offense will definitely create more shots for her. Megan is a solid all around player who can be on the inside or outside of the court. Megan also shows that she can guard some of the better players in the Shore. Volker will play a key role and get some quality minutes as the season goes on. Christina Antoniokakis continues to grow with her new teammates. The sophomore guard has excellent passing ability, and was making a lot of plays every time she was on the floor. As for her defense, opponents better be aware of her at all times. She has that unique ability to come right up from behind players and pick their pockets. Before you know it, she is down the other end of the court. She is a real difference maker, and will do a lot of great things for RFH this year.
RFH will work against St. John Vianney in the Satz gym tomorrow. This will be a preview of a battle that we will see two times between these Class A Central powerhouses. It will be interesting to see how well RFH can keep up this great chemistry that they have been showing throughout the camp. At the end of the day, Ryan Wydra and Sean Martin caught up with RFH Head Coach George Sourlis to talk about his teams’ camp experience and expectations for the season.
Donovan Catholic is ready to make a run!
One of the most underrated Sophomores in the Shore has to be Donovan Catholic point guard Molly Collins. Collins enjoyed a very successful freshman year contributing to a team that won the Class B South Championship. Collins has the passing, shooting, and defensive ability of a much more mature player. Collins continued to demonstrate her leadership, rallying her team to a 44-33 win over Manasquan. Collins was doing it all, making great plays to her teammates, and hitting threes when needed. Everyone must definitely keep their eye on this kid.
Donovan Catholic also got great play from Senior captain Katie Borghesi and Alissa Hirschy. Borghesi is a guard who is quick of the dribble, and really understands the fundamentals of playing defense. Borghesi can run with the best of them, and we will see plenty more of her this season. Hirschy just continues to get better and better. Watch as Molly Collins continues to create shots for Hirschy. Hirschy is deadly from anywhere on the floor.
Coach Jerry Bruno has to be excited about this group who are poised to repeat as Class B South Champions, and make a run into the SCT. The guard play of the Griffins will create nightmares for a lot of opponents this season.
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