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Central Jersey Top 10: Holiday week’s girls’ basketball rankings

St. Thomas Aquinas girls' basketball player Emma Boslet dribbles the ball up the court during the team's game against Egg Harbor in the Score at the Shore Tournament on Dec. 23. The Trojans are 3-0 to start the season.

The holiday season has produce plenty of action on the high school girls’ basketball courts throughout New Jersey.

Here is a look at the Central Jersey Top 10 girls’ basketball rankings during this holiday season.

(Ranking. Team, Record)

1. Rumson Fair-Haven, 1-0: Our No. 1 spot stays with the Lady Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven, who looked very impressive in its season opening victory on Dec. 20 against Monmouth Regional. Senior Lucy Adams led the Bulldogs with a team-high 10 points and five rebounds in the 64-28 victory over Monmouth Regional.

2. Middletown South, 2-0: The Eagles have held their opponents to below 35 points in each of their two games to start the season. Senior Kayla Richardson has recorded a double-double in each victory for Middletown South. Richardson scored 12 points and racked up a game-high 16 rebounds in Middletown South’s 49-30 victory over Toms River South on Dec. 22 in the first round of the WOBM Holiday Classic Tournament. 

3. Saint Thomas Aquinas, 3-0: Formerly know as Bishop George Ahr, Saint Thomas Aquinas has been on a roll to start the season and moves up to No. 3 in this week’s rankings. After picking up a 66-16 victory over Colonia in their season opener on Dec. 21, the Trojans have continued their hot streak by winning their first two games in the Score at the Shore Tournament. St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Egg Harbor 53-27 in the first round on Dec. 23, and then came back to earn a 47-33 victory over Middle Township on Dec. 26. Senior Emma Boslet has been on a tear to begin the season for the Trojans, scoring in double figures in all three games to start the season and is averaging 16.3 points a contest. 

4. Red Bank Catholic, 2-0: Red Bank Catholic has been a defensive machine to begin the season, holding its opponents to under 32 points. Senior Fabienne Eggenschwiler and junior Antonia Panayides both scored a team-high 11 points in Red Bank Catholic’s season-opening 63-31 victory over Shore Regional on Dec. 20. The Caseys topped Morristown-Beard in their next contest on Dec. 23. Sophomore Ally Carman scored a team-high 14 points in the victory for Red Bank Catholic.

5. Colts Neck, 2-0: The Colts Neck defense has been nothing but stellar to begin the season. The Cougars have held their opponents to under 45 points in both games to begin the season, starting with a 69-20 victory over Ocean Township on Dec. 20 in their season opener. Camryn Foltz recorded a game-high 23 points to lead Colts Neck to a 59-44 victory over Neptune in the first round of the WOBM Holiday Classic Tournament on Dec. 22.

6. Saint John Vianney, 1-0: The Lancers picked up a 77-27 victory over Middletown North in their season opener on Dec. 20. Sophomore Madison St. Rose put together a stellar performance on the court for Saint John Vianney when she recorded a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. 

7. Marlboro, 2-0: Basketball season has started out well for both the Mustangs; boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. The Marlboro High School girls’ basketball team racked up its second straight victory to begin the winter by topping Central Regional, 63-44, in the first round of the WOBM Holiday Classic Tournament on Dec. 22. Junior Jessica Riepe scored a team-high 12 points in the victory for Marlboro.

8. Notre Dame, 1-1: Senior Erika Porter recorded her 1,00th career point in the Lawrenceville school’s 47-33 victory over Allentown to begin the season on Dec. 20. The Irish fell to Wildwood Catholic in their second game of the season on Dec. 21, losing 54-30.

9. East Brunswick, 1-2: The Bears recorded a nice 52-40 victory over South Plainfield in their season opener on Dec. 20. Senior Brianna Sliwinski scored a game-high 21 points with eight rebounds to spark East Brunswick’s victory. East Brunswick had troubles in its next two games, losing to both Piscataway and Union Catholic. The Bear will look to get back on track when they play North Brunswick in the Brunswick Classic Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28. 

10. Holmdel, 0-1: Seniors Carson Fontana and Leah Nolan lead an experienced Holmdel squad that is looking to improve from its 12-victory season last winter. Junior Olivia Palmer burst onto the scene for Holmdel last season as sophomore by showing off her skills from behind the arch, knocking in a team-high 51 three-pointers last season. The Hornets lost to last year’s NJSIAA Non-Public, South A champion, Saint Rose, 78-50, in their season opener on Dec. 20. 

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