1,000-point scorers lead the way in CAL girls hoops

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What a week it was in the Cape-Atlantic League – maybe even a record-breaker - as three different girls basketball players scored their 1,000th career points last week. In addition, let’s not forget about how the week started with EHT upsetting Millville, stopping the Thunderbolts’ 11-game win streak and handing the American Conference title to Holy Spirit.

Sahara Lopez from Atlantic City started the scoring milestones off last Tuesday Feb. 5 when she hit her career mark. Friday saw senior Selena Santiago from Egg Harbor Township and junior Lauryn Fields from Middle Township get their century milestones. Fields accomplished the feat in spectacular fashion as she threw in a bomb from near mid-court at the halftime buzzer.

CAL Playoffs

As of Monday Feb. 11, Holy Spirit, Ocean City, Cedar Creek and Middle Township are in on the girl’s side. Lower Cape May (14-8), Millville (14-6) and St. Joe’s (14-6) look to be the next three, which would leave one spot. Our Lady of Mercy Academy (11-10) and Wildwood Catholic (11-9) will be fighting it out to see who gets the final spot. The CAL Playoffs begin on Friday Feb. 15 with a quarterfinal matchup.

State Playoffs

With the matchups being announced, here is a look at some possibilities.

GROUP 4: All four CAL teams will be on the road for the first round and none look promising except for No. 10 Millville at No. 7 Toms River South. Millville had an 11-game winning streak snapped but the Thunderbolts are still dangerous.

No. 11 Mainland vs. No. 6 Eastern, No. 12 Atlantic City vs. No. 5 Clearview and No. 16 EHT at No. 2 Washington Township are the other matchups. It will be a tough road for the EHT Eagles in this Group

GROUP 3: Ocean City is the No. 1 seed with a first-round game against CAL foe No. 16 Hammonton. The winner gets the victor of the 8-9 matchup (Winslow vs. Delsea). The Lady Red Raiders have the advantage at home throughout.

GROUP 2: Here is the most interesting Group in the South. No. 2 Middle Township plays at home against Manchester Twp (15) in what should be the easiest part of the bracket for the Lady Panthers. They have a real good chance to reach the sectional finals.

No. 5 Cedar Creek gets No. 12 Pemberton at home and a possible re-match against top seed Willingboro in Round 3. The Chimeras defeated the Lady Pirates last Sunday in the South Jersey Basketball Invitational.

No. 8 Lower Cape May will play 9th seed Deptford, and Willingboro awaits the winner. Buena (11) and Bridgeton (14) round out the contenders.

NON-PUBLIC SOUTH A: Holy Spirit earned the 4th seed and will take on Pingry (13). The good news is that it will be a home game. Bad news? St. John Vianney, a perennial powerhouse at No. 5, will probably be the next opponent for the Lady Spartans in Absecon should Spirit be victorious.

NON-PUBLIC SOUTH B: Sacred Heart should get at least two home games as the No. 3 seed but No. 2 Gill St. Bernard’s (ranked fourth in the state) probably awaits at the bottom of the bracket. Wildwood Catholic at No. 15 gets Bernard’s in the first round. St. Joe’s at No. 5 will take on Holy Family, and No. 11 OLMA will travel to No. 6 Timothy Christian.

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