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Spirit rally falls short in thriller vs. Prep

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:39 pm

spirit1 Bill LeConey/St. Augustine's Justyn Mutts, left, lines up for a foul shot next to Holy Spirit's Jordan Taylor. ABSECON – A lot of people wondered if Saturday's big "Holy War" boys basketball showdown between Holy Spirit and St. Augustine Prep would live up to the hype.

The answer: It did.

St. Augustine won a thriller, 55-52, in front of a loud and raucous crowd packed to the rafters and the emergency exits of Spirit's cozy 50-year-old gym.

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Little's hustle, timely shot leads Oakcrest past Cedar Creek

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Written by Mike Schultz Saturday, January 24, 2015 04:38 pm

oak1 Mike Schultz/Travis Little converts one of his two free throws. Little's hustle play late in the fourth quarter and his timely three-point shooting proved to be the difference maker for the Falcons in the win. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - A hustle play and three-point shooting made all the difference for the Oakcrest boys basketball team in a 49-33 win over Cedar Creek on Friday night Jan. 23 at Oakcrest High School.

The Falcons were hanging on to a five-point lead with 5:43 left to play in the fourth quarter.

What appeared to be a sure turnover for the Falcons and a chance for the Pirates to cut the Falcon lead to at least three points turned out to be a mirage.

Oakcrest's Trevor Little darted towards a ball that was headed out of bounds. He dove for it, caught it in mid-air, threw it off the body of a Cedar Creek player and slammed violently into the gym wall.

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LCM star surpasses 2,000 points

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 23, 2015 10:06 pm

Lower Cape May's Lauren Holden is mobbed by her teammates after scoring the 2000th point of her career ERMA – Lauren Holden did not disappoint the large crowd gathered in the Lower Cape May Regional High School gymnasium Friday evening.

The dynamic senior guard became just the second high school girls basketball player in Cape May County history to surpass 2,000 career points in the Lady Tigers’ 75-31 rout of Bridgeton in a key Cape-Atlantic National Conference contest.

Holden, bound for Division I Fordham, hit a three-point shot from about two steps to the right of the top of the key 58 seconds into the second quarter. The game was immediately stopped as the state’s current leading scorer at about 30 points per game was mobbed by her teammates, coaches and numerous family members for a short ceremony to commemorate the achievement.

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Crusaders hand Pirates a loss – and a model to emulate

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:15 pm

CCreekWC1 Bill LeConey/Wildwood Catholic's Kevin McWade points his team in the right direction Thursday against Cedar Creek. EGG HARBOR CITY – First-year Cedar Creek High School basketball coach Wayne Nelson didn’t have to look far Thursday to see what kind of program he is trying to develop: it was standing on the other side of the court at Mohr Gymnasium.

Wildwood Catholic took full control of the Cape-Atlantic League United Conference race with a 64-46 win over Cedar Creek Thursday.

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Lady Warriors win for 3rd time in 4 games

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 07:23 pm

MACKENZIE McCRACKEN: 18 points in win over Woodstown WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School girls basketball team missed out on a chance to beat a then 9-0 team when it lost by two points to Gloucester last Thursday. The team came back to win easily over Clayton the next day.

Earlier this week, the Lady Warriors didn’t squander an opportunity against another good team.

Wildwood led from start to finish and posted its highest scoring total of the season as it rolled to a 60-46 victory Tuesday afternoon over Woodstown, which had gone into the contest at an impressive 8-3 on the season.

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Big games on horizon for unbeaten Lady Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 06:41 pm

Carrie Wunder is one of six seniors on the unbeaten LCMR girls basketball team. The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team hasn’t faced much tough competition lately, aside from a stiff test from Middle Township early last week in a 33-30 Lady Tiger victory.

That is about to change.

Lower Cape May (11-0), coming off Tuesday’s home victory over Millville, is set to face some of the better teams on its schedule over the next few weeks. None of the games is bigger than the next two, when the team hosts Bridgeton on Friday and travels to Ocean City on Monday in games that will greatly impact the Cape-Atlantic National Conference standings. After those two contests, Lower will host a solid Atlantic City team in a CAL crossover game next Wednesday.

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Feisty point guard fuels Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 06:35 pm

Becky Andress often has her height listed as 5-2 or 5-3 on rosters that might pop up in a newspaper or in a program book. She was asked if that was accurate.

“I’m barely 5-0,” she said with a laugh.

Andress may be tiny but she’s having a big impact on the girls basketball team at Wildwood Catholic this season.

The energetic senior point guard is a major reason why the Crusaders have 10 wins through 12 games, although one of the losses came Tuesday in overtime at St. Joseph.

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Local teams, Mo’ne Davis highlight girls hoops shootout

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, January 21, 2015 05:01 pm

HSshootout Submitted/Mo’ne Davis, an eighth grader, is playing for the varsity basketball team at Springside Chestnut Academy. Mo’ne Davis took the amateur sports world by storm last summer. This weekend will be your chance to see the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in person.

Davis, who became the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series last summer when she did so for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, is the starting point guard for Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.), which is one of eight high school girls basketball teams competing in the 20th annual 97.3-ESPN Girls Basketball Shootout Saturday and Sunday at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

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Role players help Middle past Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:15 pm

Middle's LeVerne Fitzpatrick goes to the basket for two of his 12 points against Wildwood WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School boys basketball team had a lot of things working against it going into its game against Wildwood Tuesday evening.

For starters, arguably the team’s top player, senior Trai Greer, was out for his second straight game due to a knee injury. Second, the Panthers were facing one of their former players in standout guard Yamire McNeal, who was playing in his first game for Wildwood after transferring from Middle Township last year. And third, the Warrior faithful came out in force for the contest, selling out the gymnasium and creating a rather raucous atmosphere, which could have made things particularly daunting for the visitors.

But then the game started.

Middle jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, went ahead 24-9 after one period and never let the Warriors get closer than nine points the rest of the way in a 64-51 victory.

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Tomasello pours in 22 as Creek girls overwhelm ACIT

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:03 pm

newCCreek1 Matt Strabuk/Cedar Creek senior Maddy Tomasello scored a career-high 22 points in a Jan. 20 win over ACIT. EGG HARBOR CITY - The road to the Cape-Atlantic League United Conference girls basketball championship has gone through Egg Harbor City, home of the Cedar Creek High School Pirates, the last two years.

The Pirates seem determined to keep it that way.

Cedar Creek, despite the absence of big forward Fatimah Blackwell due to an injured foot, easily defeated upstart Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 72-29, in a first-place showdown Tuesday night at Mohr Gymnasium.

Senior Maddy Tomasello shot the lights out for a career-high 22 points, including five 3-point shots, and Casey Thomas added 17 as the Pirates snapped a two-game losing streak and took sole possession of first place in the CAL United.

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D.J.’s dagger lifts Crusaders

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:44 pm

DJ SMITH NORTH WILDWOOD – With 25 seconds remaining in overtime and point guard Kevin McWade dribbling at the top of the key, Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball coach Dave DeWeese yelled, “One shot!” from the sideline.

But only nine seconds later, D.J. Smith raised up for a left corner three-point attempt.

“I know I said, ‘One shot,’ but when he let it go, I said, ‘That’s the one,’” DeWeese said with a laugh.

Smith’s three-pointer, his second of the overtime session, accounted for the winning points as the Crusaders slipped past St. Joseph, 62-59, in an important Cape-Atlantic United Conference game Tuesday evening.

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EHT boys place fourth, set school records at state relays

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 03:36 pm

ehtboys EHT's Alvin Abraham The Egg Harbor Township High School boys indoor track and field team medaled in five events at the NJSIAA Group IV State Relays on Jan. 15, placing fourth overall in team score.

The distance medley relay team of Eric Barnes, Alex Dessoye, Robert Dessoye and Vinny Del Conte placed third, setting a school record with a time of 10 minutes, 36.77 seconds.

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Big-game Vikings come off the mat to beat Spartans

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:04 am

AC1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard gets ready to take a foul shot late in Friday's win over Holy Spirit. ATLANTIC CITY – Defensive intensity is a given for the Atlantic City Vikings. And they always seem to come up with some unlikely heroes that rise to the occasion. Throw in a few huge shots in big situations and you have a proven recipe for success.

The Vikings brewed up another tremendous formula on Friday night, putting it all together for a 59-52 victory over top rival Holy Spirit in a wildly entertaining Cape-Atlantic League game at Atlantic City High School.

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Prep wilts Middle, 62-42

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, January 16, 2015 10:11 pm

The MTHS CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It wasn’t a good spot for the Middle Township High School boys basketball team Friday evening, playing one of the best teams in South Jersey without one of its most important players.

The results showed.

St. Augustine Prep, ranked among the top five teams in the region in most media polls, methodically pulled away from Middle from the late stages of the first quarter forward and went on to post a 62-42 victory that placed the Hermits in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

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