Fri. S.J. girls roundup: Trenton Catholic tops RV

Posted: February 24, 2012

Rancocas Valley stands alone atop The Inquirer's girls' basketball rankings, but the Red Devils won't finish in the same lofty position in their own division.

That distinction belongs to Trenton Catholic, which used a pair of free throws by Isis Young with 13 seconds remaining to pull out a 56-54 win at Rancocas Valley on Friday, giving the Iron Mikes the Burlington County League Liberty Division crown.

Robin Perkins (18 points), Young (13) and Dominique Ward (12) led the way for Trenton Catholic, which finished 8-0 in the division - including a 59-43 home win over the Red Devils on January 19.

Rancocas Valley (20-4 overall, 6-2 division) fell despite a 24-11 fourth-quarter rally fueled by Natalya Lee (17 points), Lauren Moses (13) and Brianna Logan (12).

Tri-County. Woodstown's Tori Smick surpassed the 1,000-point mark, with the junior guard scoring 23 in a 46-21 home win over Schalick.

The loss marked the final game for Cougars coach Mary Brown, who retired after more than 25 seasons on the bench.

Olympic. Eighth-ranked Shawnee ran its winning streak to 18 with a 57-31 romp at Eastern.

Erin Molina (14 points), Nikola Williams (13) and Kelsey Kennedy (11) keyed the Renegades' attack.

Colonial. In the conference finale for both squads, West Deptford used 17 points by Megan Kirschling and a 36-17 surge over the second and third quarters to thump host Haddon Heights, 48-26.

Nonleague. Crystal Cleveland (10 points, 18 rebounds, two steals and two blocks) and Aliyah Murray (16 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, one block) dominated the paint for second-ranked Delran, which ran out to a 21-6 lead and went on to post a 61-50 home win over No. 5 Seneca, 61-50.

Tara Ballay (19 points) and Taylor Umbrell (14) also sparked the Bears' attack, while Brittany Snow dropped in 20 points for Seneca.

Sara DeCinque scorched Paul VI for 27 points and five steals, Alayxiah Carr shot 10 for 12 from the field in scoring 22 points, and host Haddon Township used a 21-11 game-ending run to win, 66-54.

The Hawks also controlled the boards, with Kelly Roche and Carr combining for 18 rebounds. Morgan Harris (19 points) helped keep the Eagles close through three quarters.

Taylor Hudspeth led the way with 19 points and Jackie Browne made five three-pointers in scoring 17, helping host Bishop Eustace bounce Burlington Township, 62-51. Carin Essex-Arline's 17 points led Township.

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