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Lower girls, both Middle teams advance in tournament

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All three of the Cape May County high school basketball teams in state playoff action Monday advanced in the tournament.

The Lower Cape May girls breezed to a 72-47 victory over Deptford in a first-round South Jersey Group II game. The Lady Tigers, seeded eighth in the tournament, jumped out to a commanding 46-23 lead at the half and never looked back. Lauren Holden poured in a game-high 32 points and also handed out seven assists to pace the Lady Tigers (18-9). Maddie Gibson added a career-high 20 points and Ariel Magee sank 10 points in the victory. Lower moves to play top-seeded Willingboro in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Like Lower Cape May, Middle Township had little trouble with its first-round opponent in the South Jersey Group II Tournament. The second-seeded Lady Panthers held No. 15 West Deptford to only seven first-half points in what turned out to be a 54-24 victory. Lauren Legler netted a game-high 19 points and Lauryn Fields added 18 points and eight steals to fuel Middle (17-9). Middle will host seventh-seeded Woodstown Wednesday in the front end of a girl-boy doubleheader at 6 p.m.

In a Group II boys game, Middle Township had a bit of trouble in its opening-round game but still managed to post a 52-42 win over Pleasantville. While many of his teammates struggled with their shooting, Tommy Feraco made 7 of 9 shots from the floor and scored a game-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds for the Panthers (20-6). Darrell Shelton added 10 points. The Panthers will host No. 7 Cinnaminson in the second round on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s playoff doubleheader at Middle Township will air live on 98.7 FM radio, with a live Internet video stream available at www.987thecoast.com and www.capemaycountysports.com.


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