It’s sure to be an epic Skyland Conference Tournament Blue Division final Friday night, when the top two teams in the Somerset County meet along Easton Avenue.
Top-seed Rutgers Prep and 2nd-seed Gill St. Bernard’s will meet for the title after each aced their semifinal tests Wednesday night.
In the Gold Division, Bound Brook and Watchung Hills advanced, while Delaware Valley and South Hunterdon won in the Silver Division.
Rutgers Prep is now 11-0 after a 73-18 win over 5th-seed Hunterdon Central. Five different players scored in double figures for Prep, which once again was balanced, with Katie Ledden scoring 12, Mikayla Blakes, Kylie Favours and Kay Donohue adding 11 each, and Mia Yanogacio adding ten.
According to NJ.com, which is where schools must officially report their scores, Villanova-bound Christina Dalce did not play in the game. That Prep still won the game by 55 points speaks volumes to the depth Rutgers Prep has, as 12 players got in the game, and all but two scored.
Meanwhile, Gill St. Bernard’s handed 6th-seed Mount St. Mary it’s first defeat, as they fall to 13-1 with a 61-37 loss to the Knights (10-1). Gill was paced by Caileigh Walsh’s massive double-double: 20 points, 20 rebounds. Ella Fajardo added 16. With Walsh, Gill had a big height advantage in the paint, and the Knights exploited it by winning the the battle of the boards, 39-14.
Rutgers Prep and Gill St. Bernard’s will play in the Blue Division Championship Game Friday night at 6 pm, with Dom Savino on hand to call all the play from Rutgers Prep on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Game time is set for 6 pm.
It’ll also be the top two seeds in this title game, as 1-seed Bound Brook will face 2-seed Watchung Hills in the Gold Division Final Friday at 5:30 pm. Justin Sontupe will have coverage and postgame reaction on Central Jersey Sports Radio.
The Crusaders got past 5th-seed Voorhees 51-43 behind 17 points from sophomore Casey Miller, and 10 points from senior Arianna McCleod. Freshman Brenae Jones added another ten for The Brook (11-1).
The other semifinal saw Watchung Hills beat 6th-seed Somerville 54-37. The Warriors (7-7) got a pair of double-doubles in the game, as Sophomore Julia Puglisi’s went for 15 points and 12 boards, while Julia Murray added 10 and 10.
Top-seed Immaculata was knocked off by 4th-seed Delaware Valley Wednesday night, 41-38. The Terriers move on to play at 3rd-seed South Hunterdon in the final Friday night. The Eagles won at 2nd-seed Belvidere, 40-31.