Five days removed from a loss to Brick Memorial in the WOBM Christmas Classic, the Toms River East Raiders picked up a hard-earned win against the Mustangs on the road Tuesday evening – winning 36-29.
This game would come down to the final 16 minutes of play in the second half, as neither team established any offensive rhythm in a first half that ended with the home Mustangs leading just 10-6.
Knotted at four after one quarter, Memorial cracked the stingy East defense for the first four points of the second, jumping ahead 8-4 before Kamryn Lister hit a tough baseline shot to cut Memorial’s lead to two.
Shaunna Bruker had a chance to give Brick Memorial some momentum before the halftime break after hitting a pair of foul shots, but a long defensive stand that ended with a Bruker miss from deep gave the Raiders a chance to respond early in the third quarter.
Lister helped her team do just that, coming up with a steal and score to draw TRE within two at 10-8 on the first play of the second half. She would finish her night with 10 points, which came in key spots as always. Sydney Phibbs connected from deep later in the quarter, before following this basket with a baseline drive for two that put the Raiders ahead by three.
Eventually winning the third quarter 15-5 after Lister grabbed her own rebound and converted from the line on two foul shots, East would go on to close out this game on the defensive end.
The one player TRE would be unable to account for over these final eight minutes of play would be Angel Hernandez, who scored her only points of the night on two triples – the second of which brought the Mustangs all the way back to grab a 29-27 lead.
Into the final minute, Lister would tie the game on another smooth drive to the basket and finish. The Raiders would earn multiple possessions to try to take the lead, but it wasn’t until Cass Ball overthrew Hernandez on a baseline inbound play – forcing her to foul Phibbs – that they broke the tie.
“Late in the game we had to capitalize on our possessions and we did that. We’re all very excited every time the ball goes through the net no matter the score. We’re back at .500 and we really needed this win, we’ll practice like we never lost and keep on winning” – Kamryn Lister after the game.
TRE shot 9 of 11 from the line in the fourth, as Phibbs hit four straight before Lister split a pair to put the Raiders up by five. Winning by seven, a young Toms River East squad proved that they can be competitive within the Shore as a team that plays solid team defense and has an emerging star in Kamryn Lister – who finished with 10 points.
Phibbs led Toms River East with 16 points, while Bruker and Dominguez each had 8 for Brick Memorial.