Point Pleasant Beach girls beat Gloucester in Group 1 semis

Gloucester's Madison McClintock , who scored 31 points, fights through Point Pleasant Beach's Eva Motto (left) and Marina Mabrey, who finished with 49. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Gloucester's Madison McClintock , who scored 31 points, fights through Point Pleasant Beach's Eva Motto (left) and Marina Mabrey, who finished with 49. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Posted: March 07, 2013

Through two quarters, Point Pleasant Beach had no answer for Madison McClintock.

The 6-foot senior scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds before halftime. And her Gloucester girls' basketball team held a four-point advantage at the break.

The Lions had put a legitimate scare into one of the highest-ranked teams in the state.

Gloucester couldn't hold on for the win, but the performance was a testament to the character of this year's South Jersey Group 1 champion.

"If we were going to go down, we were going to go down swinging," said Gloucester coach Sean Gorman, whose team fell, 85-74, to Central Jersey Group 1 champion Point Pleasant Beach in Wednesday night's state semifinals at Williamstown.

"Our kids can hold their head high after this loss," Gorman said.

Gloucester (25-4) opened the game on a 9-1 run, the first seven points coming from McClintock, who finished her last high school game with 31 points and 22 rebounds.

Point Pleasant charged back because of an otherworldly performance by guard Marina Mabrey.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore scored a career-high 49 points. She scored 19 in the third quarter, a period that Point Pleasant Beach (25-1) ended with a nine-point lead, which it never lost.

"We were getting down a little bit, and we weren't sure if we were going to win," Mabrey said. "I just told the girls, 'I got it. We're going to win - I promise. Everyone stay with me.' If it took scoring 29 points in a quarter, that's what I was going to do.

"Gloucester was a lot stronger than we thought. . . . I give them credit."

Mabrey hit three three-pointers, made 14 of 16 free throws, and was just as strong driving to the net as she was shooting from the outside. She was complemented by Katelyn Flaherty's 24 points.

Said Gorman: "No one has ever scored close to [49 points] on us."

Despite the loss, Gloucester was quick to recognize what a special season it was.

"We really wanted to go all the way," McClintock said. "But it really was a great season.

"To win South Jersey was amazing. To even be playing in this game felt so great."

Point Pleasant Beach 14 19 27 25 – 85

Gloucester 13 23 15 23 – 74

P: Katelyn Flaherty 24, Marina Mabrey 49, Eva Motto 5, Nicole Meyer 3, Morgan Sartori 4.

G: Madison McClintock 31, Taylor Blackiston 5, Alisha Fox 21, Makenzi Cooper 6, Kathleen Velez 4, Kylee Hirst 5, Nikki Velez 2.


Contact Chris Melchiorre at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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