5 Observations From The Fall League

5 Observations From The Fall League


It was another fun night at the Hoop Group Fall League. You could feel the excitement in the air, as we get closer and closer to the Girls Basketball season. Teams are testing each other on the court.  Before you know it, we’ll be in December.

The fan support for the Fall League has been amazing. Every Wednesday night the facility is always packed!  It’s great to see coaches watching kids from the stands. Parents are also in the house enjoying the action.

We will look at some quick highlights from Week 2.


Sophomore Point Guard Molly Collins was in rare form on Wednesday night. Collins did a great job demonstrating her floor vision . The sophomore knows how to get everyone involved. She made several big plays, including a few outstanding passes to players in the post. Collins will be one of the best guards in the Shore.

Katie Borghesi was putting on a show tonight. The Senior Captain was hustling on defense, grabbing rebounds, and coming up with steals. One big play in particular came after a steal. Borghesi came up with the takeway and ended up all the way down the court for a quick layup. I was also impressed with Borghesi’s leadership. She knows how to be vocal with her teammates.

Dr Jerry Bruno has to be excited about this Griffins team. Collins, Borghesi, and Alyssa Hirschy will put this team in position to compete for another Class B South title.


You got to love the athletic lineup of Dara Mabrey, Stella Clark, Faith Masonius, Addie Masonius, and Carly Geissler. This group took it to Neptune right away. They have a great ability to push the ball up the court at lightning speed. Coach Lisa Kukoda will use this lineup to wear opponents’ down.

Manasquan was putting on a highlight reel. Dara Mabrey and Faith Masonius teamed up for the best play of the night. Dara grabbed a rebound and whipped the ball down the court to Faith. Faith was in the right place at the right time, and went up strong for the quick two. We all need to get our popcorn ready for this show!

Dara Mabrey and Stella Clark were also on the money from behind the three point line. Both guards were really heating up from the outside! Think about this, we are only in the Fall. Imagine what the timing and chemistry of this lineup will look like by December. Overall, the Warriors had great teamwork tonight.


After just a short period of time, Christina Antoniokakis is already looking comfortable within the Bulldogs lineup. The Sophomore point guard was all over the court tonight. She was playing tenacious defense, coming up with steals, and scoring when needed. Antoniokakis can simply fly to the ball.

You could also see the chemistry building between Antoniokakis and Stephanie Lesko. Antoniokakis hit Lesko underneath the basket for a few big plays inside. Coach George Sourlis will have a fun time coaching this group. Rumson fans should be really excited!


Tatum Evans really knows how to make an impact inside the paint. For the past two weeks, it has been the strong rebounding of Evans that has paced Marlboro. Evans did a nice job rebounding against Red Bank Catholic tonight. Evans got some great work against Katie Rice and Maureen Coakley. RBC ended up winning the game 44-32, but Marlboro fought to the end.

Evans is visibly bigger and stronger. You can tell that she has spent a lot of time working in the offseason. Marlboro went 21-7 in 2014 and won a Central Jersey Group IV Title. The Mustangs will look to take the next step in Class A North.


Joe Montano had to be pleased after watching the young Caseys guards. They are just looking more and more solid each and every week. They have grown so much over the past year. The offense is really starting to gel. It’s amazing to see.

Rose Caverly is ready for a big year. She looks like a floor general and can distribute the ball effectively. Caverly was making play after play tonight. Hayley Moore and Josie Larkins just make shooting look easy! They continue to knock down all the tough shots. Caverly, Moore, and Larkins were also all over the court defensively. They know how to be disruptive at all times. The Caseys are fun to watch!

NJSR will have you covered as we continue our Girls Basketball coverage throughout the year!

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Ryan Wydra is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New Jersey Sports Report LLC. He is a 21 year follower of High School Sports in New Jersey and brings a passion and fire to the field. Ryan is a graduate of Stockton University and Southern Regional High School. You can follow him on twitter at @schoops1.