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Squan and Roses set to battle for local bragging rights

February 7, 2011

photo courtesy of TARA LAUDUCCI

If you follow The Coast Star local girl’s basketball scene and can only make it to one game this season, make sure you are sitting in the gym at Manasquan High School on Saturday afternoon, for the non-divisional match up between the Warriors and B Central power St. Rose.

This battle of high-flying offense from Manasquan and tight, in-your-face defense from the Roses will be sure to make for a game to be remembered in 2010-2011.

The Warriors are lead on offense by talented junior captain Michaela Mabrey [seen here, in action earlier this season] and freshman standout Katelynn Flaherty.

Both girls have been incredible on the offensive end this season, including both hitting their career high total in points. [Mabrey 40] [Flaherty 34]

Manasquan will need a strong performance from teammates, senior Brigid Gannon and freshman Sam Sullivan, as the two will try to counter 6’3 St. Rose junior Samantha Clark on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.  The task will be a tough one for the Warriors.  Clark is highly regarded as one of the best low post players in the state, who also has the unique ability to step outside the arch and knock down three-pointers for the Roses.

The Roses win the battle of experience, with Clark [junior] Kasey Chambers [junior] Diana Malanga [junior], Kaitlin Marsicano [senior] and Nicole Donahue [senior] all in the starting lineup for St. Rose opposed to the Warriors, who start two freshman and only one senior [Gannon].

A key to the game will be how Malanga — who is the Roses shut down defender —fairs against either Mabrey, Flaherty or both.  It will be interesting to see who St. Rose head coach Joe Roman uses her against the majority of the game.  Most likely it will be Chambers, the Roses floor general, taking the other of the two Manasquan offensive stars.

So be sure to grab  a seat in the Warrior gym on Saturday and as Terrell Owens once said, “Get your popcorn ready!”

Tip-off for the game between Manasquan and St. Rose is set for 1:00 p.m.

Full coverage of this match up will be available in the February 17th, 2011 edition of The Coast Star.

I will also be doing live updates via twitter:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexander S. permalink
    February 7, 2011 4:32 pm

    I feel like the Roses have a deeper bench than Manasquan. Who wins that match-up?

  2. February 8, 2011 12:10 pm

    Good question Alexander,

    Both teams actually use a small rotation, 6-7 girls tops. St. Rose has Red Bank Catholic transfer Morgan Barry, who comes off the bench as the sixth-man and logs just as many minutes as most of the starters. She is a guard who can hit shots and run the point if need be. She was excellent against Rumson in the Boardwalk Showcase at Monmouth University, which means she can come up in the big spot. She is also a good defender.

    For the Warriors, Melissa Pavia is their first person off the bench. Pavia is a junior who is very scrappy and does good work when called upon. Pavia had a big game against Wall when junior Michaela Mabrey was out with a knee injury.

    It should be an interesting game and thanks for the comment

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