NJ girls basketball power rankings (2/5/13)
Junior forward Zaire O’Neil posted consecutive double-doubles, averaging 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds, in victories over University and Bloomfield. The Bulldogs visit No. 14 East Orange Campus on Thursday.
|2||Gill St. Bernard's||14-3||2||
The Knights had their 14-game win streak snapped on Saturday in a 73-62 loss to Christ the King at the Rose Classic in New York despite 34 points and 12 rebounds from junior guard Taylor Rooks.
|3||Point Pleasant Boro||19-1||3||
Senior swing Kerry Malleck matched her season high by depositing 25 points to go with five assists in a 80-55 triumph over Atlantic City on Saturday at the Battle by the Bay as the Panthers won their seventh straight.
|4||Red Bank Catholic||18-1||4||
While senior point guard Mary Kate Caverly turned up her offense last week, the defense was in lockdown mode. Caverly went for 15 in a 47-37 decision over No. 9 Holmdel and backed that with 14 to fuel the Caseys past No. 12 Rumson, 49-34.
The balance that’s been so prominent in the Blue Eagles’ offense has also carried over to the defensive side, where IHA has limited its last five opponents to an miniscule 31.0 points per game. Senior point guard Samantha Wilkes collected 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals on Saturday in a 75-30 win over Midland Park in the first round of the Bergen County Tournament.
|6||Point Pleasant Beach||16-0||6||
Junior point guard Katelynn Flaherty (30.0 ppg., 5.5 rpg. 4.7 apg., 4.0 spg.) or sophomore swing Marina Mabrey (24.4 ppg., 9.4 rpg., 5.5 spg. 5.2 apg.) have each scored in double figures in all 16 contests for the Garnet Gulls.
Sophomore guard Jess Kovatch averaged 19.6 points per game in helping the Stateliners to triumphs over Warren Hills, North Hunterdon and North Warren last week.
|8||St. John Vianney||12-8||10||
The Lady Lancers bounced back from a loss to St. Anthony's (Long Island) by defeating Raritan, 49-29, on Monday night.
When senior Tara Inman (20.0 ppg.), the school’s all-time leading scorer, draws some extra defensive attention, the Hornets can confidently steer the ball into the scoring hands of Tori Cardaci (7.5 ppg.), Cassidy Fontana (7.1 ppg.), Morgan Graziano (6.1 ppg.) or Lauren Kelly (8.6 ppg.).
Senior forward Amanda Hagaman, who recently committed to UMBC, pumped in a season-best 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Saturday as the Warriors defeated neighboring Wall, 58-44. Her sophomore sister, Courtney, is averaging 13.8 points over the last five outings.
Freshman Stephanie Karcz, a 5-7 guard, gets after the boards, defends well on the ball and has supplied ample offensive support (10.9 ppg.) for the Eagles.
While the Bulldogs defense hinges on floor balance, the stout man-to-man defense which has long been the program’s staple is limiting opponents to just 37.5 points per contest.
The effective dribble penetration of senior Denisha Petty-Evans tends to entice defenders to collapse inside and creates room along the arc for Eunice Abogado (27 3-pointers) to exploit.
The second-seeded Jaguars picked up their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday with a 62-22 triumph over Montclair Kimberley in the first round of the Essex County Tournament. West Virginia-bound Teana Muldrow, a 6-2 swing, is clicking for 20.2 points and 14.6 rebounds per game.
The Raiders have won eight straight and picked up an attention-grabbing victory on Tuesday with a 52-45 decision over Northern Highlands. Seniors Kaitlyn Amatao and JK McAvoy are thriving within a matchup zone that’s been instrumental in limiting the last eight opponents to a mere 31.6 points per outing.