Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Subs make plays late as Lady Warriors hold on for playoff win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 07, 2015 08:03 pm

Phoot by Jen Marra/Wildwood's Jillian Freeman drives against two Burlington City players. WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School girls basketball team had three of its starters on the bench, disqualified because of five fouls apiece.

And all head coach Dave Troiano could do was smile.

“There wasn’t a lot I could do,” Troiano said. “We had kids in there that don’t play much and I knew they had to be as nervous as anything. I had to look like I was relaxed because I didn’t want those kids to get too uptight.”

Those kids made enough plays to win as the Lady Warriors advanced in the South Jersey Group I Tournament.

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Lady Tigers shake off Middle, land in title game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, March 07, 2015 08:00 pm

Lauren Holden: 27 points ERMA – Lauren Holden has scored 2,000 career points and has earned an athletic scholarship to Fordham University.

But she would have walked away from her career feeling rather empty had her Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team not won on Saturday.

Holden wasn’t about to let that happen.

Holden made 12 of 20 shots from the floor and poured in a game-high 27 points as the Lady Tigers pulled away from pesky Middle Township for a 46-36 victory in a South Jersey Group II semifinal game to land in the program’s first sectional title game since 2008 and only second overall.

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State hoops tourney updated schedule

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, March 06, 2015 11:37 am

The late-winter snowstorm that hammered the area late this week has also wreaked havoc on the high school basketball state tournament schedule.

All games (except Notre Dame at St. Augustine Prep in boys Non-Public A) involving Cape May County and Current-area Atlantic County teams that were scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been pushed to Saturday, March 7. The Notre Dame-St. Augustine Prep game is still on for 6 p.m. Friday in Richland.

The following is the updated schedule:

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Lower, Middle to battle for spot in S.J. final

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, March 05, 2015 05:21 pm

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will vie for a trip to the South Jersey title game for only the second time in program history. When the South Jersey Group II girls basketball tournament seedings were released, many local fans pointed to the possibility of a dream semifinal matchup between two local rivals.

That dream is now reality.

Lower Cape May, the top seed in the bracket, and Middle Township, the No. 4 seed, have each won their first two state playoff games and will face each other on Friday, with the winner advancing to the South Jersey championship game.

Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in Lower Cape May’s home gymnasium. It will be broadcast live on 98.7 FM radio.

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March Madness for handful from area

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 04, 2015 04:22 pm

Stephanie Agger-Carideo Stephanie Agger-Carideo has brought so much success to the Penn State Abington women’s basketball team this season that the school’s athletic department had to organize a roughly 2700-mile road trip to Oregon this week.

Agger-Carideo, a Lower Cape May Regional graduate, led Abington to a surprise run through the North East Athletic Conference tournament, resulting in the program’s first-ever conference championship. Abington won the title with a 78-46 win over Morrisville State last weekend.

The victory gave the Nittany Lions their first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in program history. They’re scheduled to play undefeated George Fox University in the opening round on Friday in Newberg, Ore. George Fox (27-0) is ranked third in the nation by D3Hoops.com.

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Feraco on brink of 700 wins

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, March 04, 2015 04:12 pm

Certainly, many of the wins stand out.

But ask Tom Feraco about some of his most vivid memories on his way to nearly 700 career victories and the longtime Middle Township High School boys basketball coach will start talking about some of the losses.

He remembers his teams losing three times in the state playoffs to eventual NBA player Dajuan Wagner and Camden. Twice in the state playoffs to Haddonfield and Brian Zoubek, a 7-footer who eventually played at Duke. Twice in the state playoffs to Rancocas Valley and Greg and Dan Miller, who went on to play at Delaware and Maryland, respectively. Twice to Delsea and Demetrius Poles, who later played at St. Joseph University. And then there are a handful of losses to state powers St. Anthony and St. Patrick, as well as battles with South Jersey heavyweights Camden Catholic, St. Augustine, Atlantic City, Holy Spirit, Shawnee and others.

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OCHS boys, MRHS girls advance in NJSIAA

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:23 pm

Two Cape-Atlantic League basketball teams advanced and one was eliminated Tuesday in the NJSIAA Tournament.

The Ocean City boys used a 20-point performance by Garrett Jones to defeat Oakcrest, 49-46, in Group 3. The Falcons had beaten the Raiders twice during the regular season. Vernon Burch scored 14 for Oakcrest. Ocean City will now play the winner of Wednesday night's game between Toms River South and Seneca on Thursday night.

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Defense paces Wildwood to first-round win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:17 pm

photo by Jen Marra/Wildwood's Kyion Flanders looks to pass during his team's playoff win over Burlington City. WILDWOOD – This season’s Wildwood High School boys basketball team hasn’t been known for its half-court defense. The Warriors have won most of their games through their offense and a full-court trapping defense that often gets the tempo of games moving in their favor.

Wildwood employed that full-court defense from time to time in its South Jersey Group I playoff opener against Burlington City on Tuesday. But it was the team’s half-court defense – perhaps its best in a game this season – that led to a rather easy victory.

Wildwood, the fourth seed in the tournament, held the No. 13 Blue Devils to the second-lowest scoring output against the team for the season in a dominating 59-38 win.

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Pre-game ritual a winner for McCracken, Lady Warriors

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:14 pm

McKenzie McCracken poured in 29 points in Wildwood's state playoff win. WILDWOOD – Mackenzie McCracken gives a lot of the credit for any good game she has to a simple pregame ritual – she uses green-apple Chapstick just prior to tip-off.

It makes sense, too, because many of her shots kiss the bottom of the net.

McCracken, a sophomore who easily is the most improved high school girls basketball player in the county, poured in a game-high 29 points and gathered a game-high 17 rebounds in leading the Wildwood High School girls basketball team to tougher-than-it-should-have-been 65-57 victory over Penns Grove in the opening round of the South Jersey Group I playoffs on Tuesday.

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Both Middle teams, LCM girls advance

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, March 02, 2015 10:13 pm

Corey Greer drops two of his game-high 26 points for Middle Township in a playoff win over Lower Cape May. Three of the area’s high school basketball teams easily advanced past the first round of the state tournament Monday evening.

In boys basketball, Middle Township rolled to a 57-25 win over Lower Cape May in the opening round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament. The Panthers, seeded second in the bracket, led 28-8 at the half and by 40-12 at one point of the third quarter. Freshman Corey Greer paced all scorers with 26 points as Middle improved to 17-9. Lower Cape May finished its season at 5-20.

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Holden to play in state all-star game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, March 01, 2015 11:36 am

LAUREN HOLDEN Lower Cape May Regional basketball star Lauren Holden has been selected to participate in the NJSIAA North-South all-star game on March 22 at Rider University. The game regularly includes the best senior high school basketball players in the state.

Holden, a 5-6 senior point guard, was leading the state in scoring at a shade less than 27 points per game entering the weekend. Earlier this season, she became just the second player in Cape May County history to score more than 2,000 career points.

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Ocean City claims CAL girls title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, February 28, 2015 06:17 pm

Ocean City's Nicholl Fenton, Alexis Paone and Karissa Bourbeau celebrate winning the CAL championship game over Lower Cape May. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – When the Ocean City and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls basketball teams met twice earlier this season, the team that got off to the best start emerged victorious each time.

That trend continued in the Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton University Saturday afternoon.

Ocean City, the top seed in the eight-team playoff tournament, scored the first five points, led by as many as 11 points in the second half and settled for a 34-26 victory over the Lady Tigers to win the program’s fourth overall CAL title.

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Career-high effort helps Reyes net 1K point

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:44 pm

Leishly Reyes will have her name placed on the Wildwood High basketball 1,000-point board after surpassing the milestone Thursday afternoon. WILDWOOD – Those who attended the Wildwood High School girls basketball team’s contest on a snowy Thursday afternoon witnessed a milestone that came practically out of nowhere.

Leishly Reyes poured in a career-high 38 points and became the school’s latest 1,000-point scorer on her final basket of the fourth quarter as the Lady Warriors blasted Schalick, 76-40, in their regular-season finale.

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A charged, but civil, atmosphere for MT-WC

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, February 26, 2015 02:02 pm

For about the last month, when it became apparent the Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic high school boys basketball teams were going to play one another in the opening round of the Cape-Atlantic League playoff tournament, fans had eagerly anticipated the game.

These are two programs that are bitter rivals right now. In fact, with all apologies to everyone at Wildwood, Middle now represents Wildwood Catholic’s biggest rival in boys basketball.

Part of the reason is that Wildwood Catholic in recent years has threatened Middle’s reign as the top team in the area year after year. A bigger part might just be, however, that Wildwood Catholic, for the first time ever, really, is beginning to draw very talented players to its school from Middle Township’s sending district.

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