There is a reason why the Shore Conference is so highly respected not only in New Jersey, but throughout the entire country. The kids come out of high school prepared and ready to succeed at the next level!
Many players are already off to a great start. Some have already looked impressive against the best Division I competition around.
Here is an update on how some of our local athletes have played early in the season.
Katelynn Flaherty has become one of the best guards in the Big Ten Conference. She’s already gone over the 1300 point mark in Michigan’s opening weekend win over Oakland. Flaherty finished with 23 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Flaherty also dropped another 22 points in a win over Gonzaga, shooting 9-16 from the floor and sinking four three pointers. It was a strong all around performance with 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
In a 91-51 victory over Louisiana Lafayette, Marina Marbrey led Notre Dame in scoring with 27 points. Mabrey was solid from the field, shooting 10-15 overall. The sophomore buried four three pointers, pulled down three boards, and dished out three assists. She’s started four out of five games for the No 1 ranked Irish. Notre Dame will be preparing for a huge meeting with dare I say, No 2 UConn in December. I’m just not used to seeing Geno’s squad as an underdog.
St Rose’s Kasey Chambers has been a solid guard for the Penn Quakers in the Ivy League. Chambers, now a senior has been a two time captain. She played well in a 57-53 loss to St Joseph’s, finishing with 6 points, hitting two threes, and coming up with 3 assists. Penn hung tough in a 68-55 loss to ACC ranked Duke. Chambers had 4 rebounds and 5 steals in 32 minutes.
Kelly Campbell has seen some action for No 18 ranked DePaul. In a win over Appalachian State, Campbell got into double figures with 13 points and hit 4 three pointers. She also saw a little bit of time in a win over Western Kentucky. The schedule is about to get real for the Demons with games against Baylor and UConn ahead.
Pt Pleasant Boro’s Kelly Hughes continues to thrive for Boston College. In a tough loss at Seton Hall, Hughes made her return to New Jersey with a warm welcome from plenty of her fans. Hughes scored 17 points in the loss and has been developing more and more as a leader over the past two years.
Jess Louro has seen her minutes increase this year for Middle Tennessee State. Louro came off the bench and poured in 9 points against the No 6 ranked Louisville Cardinals. The Jersey native scored all her points behind the three point line, going 3-5 from downtown. She also grabbed 6 rebounds. Middle Tennessee are 1-2 on the season.
Wagner continues to be a school where Shore Conference players have made a name for themselves. Both Sydney Sabino and Kellie Crouch have made the most of their opportunities as freshman. In a 62-60 win over the College of Staten Island, Sabino was on the floor for 33 minutes and scored 13 points on 4-8 shooting. Crouch also hit a three and finished with 5 in the game.
Stephanie Karcz is already making an impact for the Loyola Greyhounds. In a 62-60 win over St Francis Brooklyn, Karcz scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. She also had 6 rebounds in a tough loss to Pittsburgh. RBC’s Alex Barazotti also got some time against Pitt, coming off the bench and hitting a three.
On the other side, Mia Ehling, Kat Phipps, and Tori Wagner have all worked their way into the rotation at St Francis Brooklyn. Phipps played 13 minutes against Loyola and knocked down a three pointer. Ehling, who missed the entire 2015 season with an injury has seen her minutes increase a little bit each game. Wagner got on the court toward the end of the Loyola game and came up with two buckets inside for 4 points.
SJV’s Gigi Caponegro has broken into the starting lineup for LIU Brooklyn. Caponegro got thrown right into action against Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. The freshman held her own, grabbing 8 rebounds and showing plenty of toughness against the Buckeyes. Capongero also had 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a loss to George Mason.
Zoe Pero saw 20 minutes off the bench against the No 3 team in the country, the South Carolina Gamecocks. Pero played hard and grabbed 3 rebounds. She also had 2 points and 4 rebounds in a loss to Hampton.
Four locals are playing hard for the College of New Jersey. Cindy Napolitano was showing off her great shooting range with 7 three point shots in a loss to Misericordia. Napolitano finished with 21 points. What else do you expect from a St Rose graduate? Marlboro’s Nicole Shatsky had 9 points on 4-6 shooting in a tough loss to Rutgers Camden. Southern’s Bianca Nicolini and Manasquan’s Chiara Palombi have also seen action.
Jackson Memorial’s Hannah Missry scored 17 points on 6-11 shooting in Fordham’s 89-82 win over Albany. Missry also nailed five shots beyond the arc and finished with three assists. Fordham is now 3-2 on the season.
Tatum Evans, Katie Borghesi, and Kaitlin Lister are all contributing for the GCU Lions. Evans had 8 points and 4 rebounds in an 80-78 loss to Chestnut Hill, PA. Borghesi put up 4 points, and 3 assists in 15 minutes of action in a win over Merrimack. Lister had 4 rebounds in a loss to Holy Family University. The Lions are 2-3 on the year.
Rumson’s Nicole Morris scored 5 points in just 8 minutes in Holy Cross’s 76-74 win over Bryant. Since then Morris has averaged about 13-15 minutes per night.
Sam Sabino scored 4 points, and ripped off a steal in New Hampshire’s 58-38 win over New England. The older Sabino got 10 minutes against 15th ranked Kentucky, hit a three and had 2 assists. UNH is 2-2 on the season.
Make sure you keep up with College Corner throughout the Winter season. We will have plenty of updates on how local athletes are performing at the next level!