Shore Conference girls basketball power returns to rankings

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1. St. John Vianney (12-0)Last week No. 1: Another flawless week for the Lancers. Two more victories extended their winning streak to 39 games, dating back to the 2020 season. The Lancers took care of Red Bank Regional 84-26 before plowing through New York powerhouse Christ the King 77-50 on Sunday.

2. Red Bank Catholic (14-1)Last week No. 2: Since losing their second game of the season to Saddle River Day, the Caseys have been red hot. Three more wins this week extend their winning streak to 13 games. Red Bank Catholic took care of A Central division foes Trinity Hall 55-48 and Shore 74-36 before taking down Eastern 58-32 in an out-of-conference bout.

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3. Manasquan (13-3)Last week No. 3: After falling to some terrific out-of-state competition, Manasquan has rebounded with four straight victories. Manasquan outlasted rival St. Rose 45-42 in overtime before taking down Monmouth 62-26. The group then beat a good Camden Catholic team 59-39 and captured another C North win with a 65-22 triumph Monday against Jackson Liberty.

4. St. Rose (8-3)Last week No. 4: It was an up-and-down week for the Purple Roses against some stiff competition. St. Rose took Manasquan to overtime but ultimately fell to its C North rivals 45-42. The Purple Roses handled Jackson Liberty 65-27 before falling to another state public power, this time losing to Franklin 45-29.

5. Donovan Catholic (11-3)Last week No. 5: Two divisional victories sandwiched a tight 36-32 loss to Cherokee over the weekend. The Griffins previously defeated Brick Township 68-32 and rolled past Manchester Township 68-54 on Monday.

6. Holmdel (9-4)Last week No. 6: The Hornets rebounded after a tough week. They won three games in a row last week to match a season high. Holmdel beat Greater Middlesex Conference power Old Bridge 76-32, Matawan 55-16 and Haddon Heights 60-50. The Hornets have a tough week ahead with games against Trinity Hall and Rumson-Fair Haven on the schedule.

7. Ranney (7-2)Last week No. 7: The Panthers challenged themselves with a game against Saddle River Day – the No. 2 ranked team in the state – and ultimately fell in a surprisingly-tight 59-47 loss. Ranney rebounded with a 52-23 rout of Asbury Park the following day. Another challenge awaits the Panthers on Saturday against state-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas.

8. Jackson Memorial (12-1)Last week No. 8: Three more wins over the past week extended the Jaguars’ winning streak to eight games. Jackson Memorial defeated Toms River South 62-30, Toms River East 48-38 and Brick Memorial 51-30.

9. Toms River North (8-3)Last week No. 9: The Mariners have lost just one game in 2022 after a 2-2 start in December. They defeated crosstown rivals Toms River East 52-41 before taking down Atlantic City 59-42. Toms River North will have a chance to climb in the rankings with a game against Jackson Memorial this week.

10. Middletown South (9-1)Previously unranked: Since dropping their season opener to Rumson-Fair Haven, the Eagles haven’t lost a game.

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Victories against Manalapan, Middletown North and Colts Neck last week catapulted the Eagles into the rankings for the first time this season.

Dropped out: Neptune (7-4)

On the bubble: Colts Neck (7-5), Manchester Township (7-5), Rumson-Fair Haven (6-7), Trinity Hall (6-5), Wall (11-2)

Danny LoGiudice has covered local sports across New Jersey since 2014. Contact him at dlogiudice@gannettnj.com or @danny_logiudice on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Shore Conference girls basketball: Middletown South back in top 10

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