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Monday hoops features boy-girl DH, number retirement, completion of suspended game

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Mondays are usually a relatively slow night for local high school basketball. But not this particular Monday.

A local girl-boy doubleheader, a number retirement ceremony and the completion of a suspended key league game highlight tonight’s slate.

For starters, Lower Cape May will travel to Wildwood for a girl-boy doubleheader. The girls game is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. and features a 4-7 Lady Tiger team against an 8-2 Lady Warrior club that has won five straight games. The contest includes two of the top offensive players in South Jersey in Lower’s Lauren Holden and Wildwood’s Jess Freeman. Holden, a junior guard, is averaging approximately 27 points per game while Freeman, a senior guard/forward, is scoring close to 22 point per outing.

Lower Cape May beat Wildwood last season in a close game, getting the winning basket on a bank shot from Jill Vandermark with less than 10 seconds to play.

Following the girls game, a ceremony will be held to officially retire the No. 23 worn by 2002 Wildwood graduate Monica Johnson, who scored a South Jersey record 3,173 points during a brilliant four-year career in which she led the Lady Warriors to three straight state Group I titles. The ceremony will also include the raising of a banner to recognize 1991 Wildwood graduate Frank Vogel, the head coach of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Special recognition will also go to Wildwood coach Dave Troiano, who will be inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame on Feb. 9.

The boys game will follow the ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m. The contest features two rebuilding teams. After a rather competitive start, Lower Cape May has lost eight straight and enters the contest at 2-9. Wildwood, a team that features just one senior, is 4-6 but brings a two-game winning streak into the game.

Also scheduled for this evening at 8 is the competition of last Thursday’s suspended Cape-Atlantic United Conference game between St. Joseph and Wildwood Catholic. St. Joseph was leading 18-16 at halftime when game officials halted the contest due to a slippery floor. The contest will continue with the beginning of the third quarter.

Wildwood Catholic is unbeaten in CAL United games. St. Joe has one conference loss, at the hands of the Crusaders earlier this month.

Both Wildwood Catholic (to Haddonfield) and St. Joseph (to Hammonton) lost non-conference games over the weekend.


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