Red Bank girls’ basketball primed for successful season

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Red Bank Regional High School won eight of its last nine girls’ basketball games this past winter season when it advanced to NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 sectional tournament semifinals.

The Buccaneers lost to Warren Hills Regional High School, 50-46, in that state sectional semifinal. Their goal this year is to win those last two games, and the state sectional title.

“If we can achieve 20 wins, a title or two should be in our future also,” said Red Bank coach John Truhan. “But that’s the realistic goal right now. You want to be playing your best when states start.”

Red Bank is off to a great start. Truhan said he was worried about the Bucs’ season opener at Wall High School on Dec. 14. But Red Bank beat Wall, 73-46. Then, it beat Ocean Township High School, 38-30, on Dec. 20, improving to 2-0.

In the Wall victory, the Bucs stole the ball 27 times, drilled 10 three-point buckets and made 13 free throws. Four players, Chloe Teter (17), Meghan Murray (16), Caitlyn Decker (15) and Mia Strand (12), scored in double figures. Another player, Abby Bynoe, posted eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

Truhan expects Teter, Murray and Decker to be a dynamic backcourt trio all season. All three started every game last year. Teter and Decker, both sophomores now, did so as freshmen.

“Meghan is a 5-10 guard and just relentless. She’s a defensive force who converts easy baskets in transition. Our offense and defense begins and ends with Meghan Murray,” Truhan said. “Chloe and Caitlyn are both jets with the ball. They run our stuff extremely well for young kids. They switch off with the ball, and Meghan plays guard too. We play four out. Whoever handles will start the offense. That’s a luxury I have as a coach.”

Bynoe, a 5-9 junior, is the fourth guard. Like her teammates, she is a two way talent.

“She has really improved. She had a great offseason and will be in the mix,” Truhan said. “Abby can step behind the arc, take you off the dribble and we can put her in the post. She’s also a very good defender.”

Emma Moriarity and Mia Conti are Red Bank’s primary forwards, and with so many guards around them, they will need to rebound for the Bucs.

Moriarity grabbed five boards against Wall. She also did a great job defending drivers, stealing the ball four times. Conti added two rebounds and a steal.

“Mia is so long that she defends the post. She’s the middle of our defensive scheme, closes a lot of gaps and keeps everything out of the middle. We can also move Conti outside and put Emma underneath,” Truhan said. “We have length. Not so much height but length. Length and speed. You can’t coach either one. You have to be blessed with having it.”

Truhan blends all this talent with constant movement on offense and relentless pressure on defense.

“Everyone can run, pass, catch and shoot no matter how tall or short they are,” Truhan said. “Not everything is based on one kid with the ball. All five are involved in every possession.”

The Bucs also like playing together.

“There has been no drama,” Truhan said. “So far, so good.”