In a battle of two of New Jersey’s best, fifth-ranked St. John Vianney blew by rival Red Bank Catolic, 55-32, in front of a sellout crowd in Holmdel. The Lancers defense was the story of the game and they held the No. 15 Caseys’ to only two field goals in the first half and just five for the game.
“Last year RBC beat us three times by a combined eight points, so we knew that we could compete with them and the defense did an outstanding job today,” said SJV’s Kelly Campbell. “We had a lot of energy to come out today and we were able to keep up that intensity throughout the game.”
Campbell led the Lancers with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists and it was her defense that was the difference maker in the first quarter. The sophomore standout forced two of SJV’s seven turnovers in the first to take the Caseys’ out of the game.
“Our goal was to go after RBC right away and speed up the game a little bit,” said SJV coach Dawn Karpell. “We were able to keep to our game plan today and the defense did an excellent job to keep the pressure up all game long.”
In addition to Campbell, senior Katie Beriont had a strong game with 11 points and five rebounds and she and teammate Gabrielle Caponegro were forces to be reckoned with under the glass for the Lancers.
Beriont had two blocks in the game and forced three turnovers and Caponegro had three blocks of her own and six rebounds, in addition to her eight points.
“We were able to win the battle on the boards and force RBC to take shots out of its comfort zone,” said Karpell. “This is an experienced roster that we have this season and that has helped us this year.”
SJV has now won eight out of its last nine games.
“We are playing really well as a team right now and everything seems to be coming together at the right time,” said Campbell. “This team has what it takes to make a deep run in the playoffs this year and we all have a lot of confidence in one another.”
The Caseys dropped their second consecutive game and fall to 14-5 on the season.
RBC did not look comfortable from the get go and had trouble fighting through the Lancers press in the first half. The Caseys turned the ball over five times in the first four minutes of the game and committed 17 overall. Quinn McMenaman had the only two field goals in the first half for RBC, and leading scorer Alex Barazotti had 10 points, but was held to just one field goal.
The Caseys’ will look to get back on the winning track when taking on Monmouth Tuesday night.
RBC: Coackley (0-0-2-0-2); Robinson (0-0-0-1-1); Hansen (0-2-0-0-2); Barazotti (1-3-2-4-10); Fallon (0-2-3-3-8); Conroy (0-0-0-1-1) McMenaman (2-2-0-2)
SJV: Beriont (3-3-2-3-11); Caponegro (2-2-2-2-8); Stefanelli (0-0-0-1-1); Campbell (3-3-2-5-13); Pinho (0-0-0-2-2); Evans (0-2-0-0-2); Gallagher (2-0-2-2-6); Uribe (2-2-1-0-5); Crouch (2-0-0-2-4); Pero (0-0-1-2-3)
RBC: Barazotti (10 Points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists); Grace Fallon (8 Points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists)
SJV: Katie Beriont (11 Points, 2 blocks, 3 steals); Campbell (13 Points, four rebounds, four assists); Caponegro (8 Points, 3 blocks, 6 rebounds); Emily Uribe (5 Points, 5 assists)