Jackson girls looking to make noise in SCT play Lakewood girls a dangerous postseason team

Staff Writer

By Mike White

Jackson girls looking to make noise in SCT play
Lakewood girls
a dangerous
postseason team

The Jackson High School girls’ basketball team gained momentum entering the 2002 Shore Conference Tournament last Friday night by knocking off visiting Toms River East, 51-49, in a Class A South Shore Conference matchup.

The Lady Jaguars may need all the help they can get as postseason action takes off.

Jackson is scheduled to meet Monmouth in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament. A victory would set up a meeting with top-ranked Marlboro in the Round of 16 tomorrow night.

With the win over East, Jackson improved to 13-7 overall and 6-6 in the Shore Conference. The Jags outscored TRE by a 17-5 margin in the final eight minutes to clinch the victory.

Jackson trailed by a score of 42-35 entering the fourth quarter. The Jags got big efforts from seniors Casey Bartolf and Christine Carleton down the stretch.

Bartolf scored nine of her 14 points in the final eight minutes, while Carleton came off the bench to tally eight of her 10 points in the closing minutes.

Jackson trailed by as many as 20 points during the third quarter. Junior forward Jenn Murray paced the Jags with 15 points, including making six of eight free throws.

Lakewood meets Southern in SCTThe Lady Piners squared off against Southern High School, Manahawkin, in the opening round of the Shore Conference Tournament.

At the start of the season, Lakewood coach Dennis Adams set his sights on qualifying for postseason action. The Lady Piners followed through, earning berths in both the SCT and the state tournament.

"They were two of our primary goals," Adams said. "We’ve played very well at certain times during the season. There are still areas that we are working on to improve, but we have a young team and those improvements come with experience."

If Lakewood were to win, the Piners would meet Toms River South in the Round of 16.

Senior guard Monique Randolph scored a team-high 15 points as Lakewood suffered a 51-41 loss against Monsignor Donovan last Friday night.

Lakewood and Donovan were tied 37-all at the end of three quarters.

Monsignor Donovan outscored Lakewood by a 16-4 margin in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Junior Nicole Huderwitz finished with eight points, while teammate Melissa Tanner contributed six.