Manasquan H.S.,led by its usual troika of Dara Mabrey, Faith Masonius and Stella Clarke, ripped the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, 74-45 on Sunday afternoon to make its fourth straight New Jersey Tournament of Champions Final. Mabrey led the Warriors with 24 points-3 assists-4 rebounds, while Masonius had 17 points and 7 rebounds and Clark 9 points and 3 steals.
Meanwhile, Franklin upset top-seeded Rutgers Prep 66-57 to move into the ToC final for the first time. This will be the first time two public high schools have faced off since 2014. Franklin was led by Camille Gray with 20 points and 3 steals and Diamond Miller had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 each of steals, assists and blocks. Rutgers Prep, which had not lost a game since they lost to Franklin in 2016, was led by super sophomore Leilani Corrrea, who had 26 points and 8 rebounds and Gabi Redden, who also had 8 rebounds to go with her 11 points.
Here's a link to the Newark Star-Ledger/nj. com sports site which has full coverage of both games.
As Cav pointed out, if you want to take a look at Baby Mabrey in action, there is the live link....
to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions Title. Franklin's star guard, Diamond Miller, attempted a three with three seconds left and it took a long bounce. The Franklin player -- Kennedy Schenck -- was unmarked. She grabbed it, spun around set herself and launched a jumper that was clean as the buzzer went off and rim went red.
Miller, a 6'0" sophomore off-guard, led Franklin with 18 points and was the only Franklin Warrior in double figures. Stella Clark led the Manasquan Warriors with 17 points, many of which came off layups from steals that either she, Mabrey or other teammates pulled off. Mabrey had 15, but suffered through an off shooting night.
Truth be told, it was a pretty ragged game. Both teams played the semi-finals on Sunday afternoon and were playing on a day rest. This happened because the snowfall on the eastern seaboard last week pushed back and condensed the schedule. Plus, they went from playing in gyms and small arenas to a large venue in Trenton and the longer-range shots of most of the players -- save Miller -- was off. Still exciting contest. Congrats to both teams for State Titles in their respective population groups and to Franklin for the overall ToC.
Manasquan looked best when running. Mabrey and Clark are fun to watch playing together. Mabrey was cold from outside.
Diamond Miller is definitely going to be a player to watch.
She's currently rated as the 8th highest shooting guard in the 2019 Hoopgurlz ratings (nothing on Prospects Nation). Will bet her ratings zoom up the charts after this HS season and the ensuing club season.
Michelle Sidor, a 5'8" combo guard from Saddle River Day was the leading scorer in the state as a freshman last year and is probably at the top or just below it again as a sophomore. Can run all day and shoots equally well whether she's driving, pulling up for mid-ranges jumpers or launching treys. #44 in Prospects Nation 2019 Top 60.
Asonah Alexander, a 5'8" point guard from Queen of Peach high school, missed the year due to an ACL, but reports are she's recovering nicely. Excellent decision maker and sees where the flow of the action is going, then makes the appropriate decision. I've seen her a few times and she worked well with Raven Farley-Clark, the LSU-bound post. She's #59 in Prospects Nation Top 60 for 2019.
(BTW, Faith Masonious the 6'1" forward who plays with Mabrey and Clark is rated #50 in Prospects Nation for 2019. She was ok in the final against Franklin, but Miller and the very large center wore her down. She's kind of a tweener and might be stuck at a P5 power.).
Over in Long Island, you've got...
Celeste Taylor, the 5'10" shooting guard out of Long Island Lutheran who is rated as the #40 prospect in Prospects Nation.
Lauren Hansen, the 5'8" point guard from Ward Melville, who already has offers from Ohio State and Florida, among others.
We don't need point guards with Ms. Brown coming about in 2018 to join Ali, but those are all kids I've seen or my HS coach buddy from Long Island has (he's supplied the Hansen input).