TOMS RIVER – Seven hundred twenty-nine days. That’s how lengthy St. John Vianney needed to wait to formally defend its Shore Convention Event title.

Two years to the day after beating Manchester Township within the 2020 closing, the Lancers weren’t going to attend all that point simply to let Sunday’s title sport slip away in one of many greatest upsets in event historical past.

Regardless of dealing with its fiercest New Jersey competitors of the 12 months, St. John Vianney did what it did finest. The No. 1 Lancers overwhelmed their opponent with defensive strain and prolific scoring as they rallied previous No. 3 Manasquan 62-46 within the SCT closing.

The title is a Shore file fifteenth convention crown for the Lancers (26-1) and their second in a row after profitable in 2020. The Lancers had been additionally the unofficial Shore Convention champions throughout final 12 months’s shortened season.

SJV celebrate their win. St John Vianney Girls Basketball defeats Manasquan in Shore Conference Finals in Toms River on February 27, 2022.

Senior Madison St. Rose earned event MVP honors, scoring a game-high 21 factors within the closing.

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“This sense is wonderful, particularly for us seniors,” St. Rose stated. “For our final 12 months enjoying as Woman Lancer basketball gamers and to win the SCT championship, it’s an incredible feeling. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Unchartered territory

Manasquan (24-4) performed the Lancers more durable than another New Jersey workforce has performed them this 12 months – and even final 12 months – by means of the primary quarter. Among the finest defensive groups within the state, Manasquan jumped out to a 19-13 lead and the mix of seniors Mary Donnelly and Georgia Heine held St. Rose to only six first half factors and one discipline purpose.

St. John Vianney held a 25-23 halftime lead, but it surely was uncharted territory. The Lancers have routinely crushed groups by 30 or extra factors this 12 months and sometimes have a large lead by halftime. They weren’t creating havoc and enjoying as aggressively as they wished to.

SJV celebrate their win. St John Vianney Girls Basketball defeats Manasquan in Shore Conference Finals in Toms River on February 27, 2022.

“I really feel like we weren’t glad with how we had been play,” St. Rose stated. “We had been identical to, ‘the third quarter goes to be ours.’ The primary jiffy is what’s extra necessary.”

The third quarter was classic St. John Vianney. The Lancers’ protection persistently brought on turnovers and St. Rose erupted, scoring 10 factors within the quarter because the Lancers led 46-33 by the top of the third.

“Maddie trusts her teammates, they had been double and triple teaming her, so she was making the precise basketball performs,” St. John Vianney head coach Daybreak Karpell stated. “She relaxed and let the sport come to her. By the second half, we had been capable of free her up, work out what they had been scheming and discover pictures for her. She delivered.”

St. Rose’s fixed even-keel demeanor on the court docket was a microcosm for St. John Vianney’s second half domination. The Lancers by no means panic. They simply calmly wore Manasquan down.

SJV Madison St. Rose works in under the basket. St John Vianney Girls Basketball defeats Manasquan in Shore Conference Finals in Toms River on February 27, 2022.

“I really feel no strain after I play,” St. Rose stated. “If I’m not open, I’m going to attempt to make pictures for my workforce. I’m nonetheless going to play protection, I’m nonetheless going to attempt to make an affect on the sport to assist our workforce win.”

And when St. Rose couldn’t discover the basket, junior Zoe Brooks did. She scored 18 factors and she or he persistently scored even whereas the Lancers struggled early.

“I at all times suppose to attain and get my teammates concerned,” Brooks stated. “Whether or not Maddie rating greater than me or not, I’ll at all times attempt to get my teammates concerned and do what I’ve to do to win.”

Blessing in disguise

St. John Vianney’s 73-58 loss to Washington DC powerhouse Sidwell Buddies final week ended its 51-game profitable streak that dated again to 2020, however the streak-busting loss might need been a blessing in disguise.

SJV Zoe Brooks shoots as Rylyn Orlando guards her. St John Vianney Girls Basketball defeats Manasquan in Shore Conference Finals in Toms River on February 27, 2022.

Sidwell Buddies was the Lancers’ stiffest competitors in two years. It was the right primer for a workforce that wasn’t used to clawing out victories however one which wanted to Sunday.

“Manasquan is a stable defensive workforce, that they had a superb scout and clearly Sidwell was an amazing defensive workforce,” Karpell stated. “For us to make changes at halftime and execute to these changes was incredible.”


2022: St. John Vianney 62, Manasquan 46

2021: Event canceled because of COVID-19

2020: St. John Vianney 57, Manchester Township 50

2019: Manchester Township 58, St. John Vianney 42

2018: Manasquan 70, St. John Vianney 52

2017: St. Rose 56, St. John Vianney 31

2016: St. John Vianney 59, Manasquan 48

2015: Manasquan 69, St. Rose 60

2014: Manasquan 61, St. Rose 41

2013: Purple Financial institution Catholic 50, Level Boro 46

2012: St. Rose 65, Manasquan 56

2011: Neptune 57, St. John Vianney 48

2010: Neptune 60, Colts Neck 50

2009: Neptune 56, St. John Vianney 54

2008: Colts Neck 66, Purple Financial institution Catholic 53

2007: Purple Financial institution Catholic 34, Rumson-Truthful Haven 31

2006: Purple Financial institution Catholic 41, Rumson-Truthful Haven 31

2005: St. John Vianney 47, Monmouth 30

2004: St. John Vianney 56, Toms River North 47

2003: Purple Financial institution Catholic 48, Marlboro 46

2002: St. John Vianney 39, Marlboro 36

2001: Purple Financial institution Catholic 44, St. John Vianney 39

2000: Purple Financial institution Catholic 62, St. John Vianney 56

1999: St. John Vianney 56, Purple Financial institution Catholic 52

1998: St. John Vianney 45, Purple Financial institution Regional 34

1997: St. John Vianney 59, Purple Financial institution Catholic 45

1996: St. John Vianney 53, Purple Financial institution Catholic 47

1995: St. John Vianney 61, Purple Financial institution Catholic 55

1994: St. John Vianney 86, Purple Financial institution Regional 46

1993: St. Rose 67, St. John Vianney 57

1992: St. John Vianney 54, St. Rose 50

1991: St. John Vianney 58, Keyport 47

1990: St. John Vianney 59, Toms River East 48

1989: Neptune 79, St. John Vianney 49

1988: Neptune 70, Raritan 48

1987: Neptune 61, Manasquan 46

1986: St. Rose 55, Freehold Township 52

1985: Middletown South 50, Neptune 48

1984: Southern 42, Neptune 40

1983: Manasquan 43, Lakewood 36

1982: Neptune 59, Rumson-Truthful Haven 46

1981: Manasquan 45, Middletown North 35

1980: Freehold Township 70, Brick Township 47

1979: Middletown South 46, Asbury Park 43

1978: Shore 48, Asbury Park 45

1977: Asbury Park 56, Shore 33

1976: Asbury Park 83, Lakewood 56

1975: Asbury Park 51, Toms River South 27

1974: Asbury Park 45, Lengthy Department 37 (OT)

1973: Shore 43, Brick Township 41

1972: Brick Township 37, Level Boro 27

Danny LoGiudice has coated native sports activities throughout New Jersey since 2014. Contact him at [email protected] or @danny_logiudice on Twitter.

Source: Asbury Park

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