In the Shore Conference, you have to earn everything, and some of the top teams in not only the Shore but the state will be judged primarily on how they play against other conference competition. When the Middletown South Eagles came to Red Bank Catholic tonight, they realized the work that still has to be done for this young team to compete with a now veteran-heavy Caseys team.
For Middletown South’s cause, it also likely didn’t help that the Golden State Warriors decided to come play with RBC, but nonetheless Joe Montano’s team was dominant from start to finish.
Winning 70-18, RBC jumped out to a 16-3 lead after one quarter of play. It was clear on this night that they would be a step ahead of Middletown South, as their lead was 14-0 into the final minute of the quarter. Tia Montagne anchored the point guard position for an offense that had the Eagles defense spinning, with Rose Caverly hitting an early three and Maureen Coakley finishing on some smooth cuts to the basket.
It was Alexandra Balsamo who put the Eagles on the board with a corner three, but she was locked down along with Isla Brennan by the deep-set of Caseys’ guards that pressured the ball relentlessly.
By halftime, the outcome of this game would never be in doubt, as RBC continued to leave Tom Brennan searching for answers – and never finding them – on the Middletown South bench. After 16 minutes of play, RBC led 43-5.
Josie Larkins finished with a game high 18 points, seven of which came in this knockout blow of a second quarter. Caverly, Hayley Moore, and Amanda Hart all hit threes in the period, with Hart’s just barely beating the buzzer – cementing the fact that Red Bank Catholic was well on their way to a win in front of their home crowd.
Moore finished with 12 points, the only other Casey to hit double digits, although nine different players scored.
Freshman Kayla Richardson was a bright spot for Middletown South in the second half, continuing to play hard and finishing with 11 points.
“The key for us the last four or five games is our defense. When we play that well defensively, we can get up the floor and get some good shots. The bottom line is that we have to be ready to play every game – with a mindset to worry about us. We wanted to make sure that we guarded, and I think everybody understands their role now moving forward.” – Red Bank Catholic Head Coach Joe Montano
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