Sports Roundup

Barnegat’s Shannon McCoy Breaks Girls Hoops Career Scoring Mark

Jan 31, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Two weeks ago, when Barnegat basketball player Shannon McCoy used a 42-point effort to break the 1,000-point mark for her career, the next milestone awaiting her was Catherine Keough’s career-points record. It took her six games to become the program’s all-time leader.

During a 50-39 victory over Lacey on Jan. 26, the senior guard dropped in 22 points to break Keough’s previous high of 1,116 points. Going into the contest, McCoy needed 21 points to reach 1,117. Unfortunately, unlike when she reached 1,000 points, the game was on the road and the celebration was a limited one.

Nonetheless, McCoy made history and now has the rest of the season to push the scoring record to new heights. She started doing that on Jan. 29 when she tallied 35 points in a 61-49 win over Shore Conference foe Keyport, during which the Bengals (10-6) jumped out to a 14-9, first-quarter lead and used a 20-10, second-quarter spurt to pull away.

McCoy, with 1,153 points heading into Tuesday’s home contest against Lacey, also grabbed 13 rebounds, gave out four assists and buried 11 free throws. Jada Baker added nine points, six blocked shots and eight boards, while Ginalee Erskine snatched 12 boards.

Barnegat started last week with a 48-28 victory over Class B South division rival Lakewood on Jan. 22, culminating a five-game winning streak before it was busted in a 62-51 loss to Donovan Catholic on Jan. 25.

Against the Piners, the Bengals led 15-8 after the first quarter and 28-15 at halftime. McCoy led the charge with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Erskine contributed 16 points and 13 boards, and Madeline Scott hit for eight points. The Griffins didn’t allow Barnegat a lead beyond the first few minutes of the game, taking an 11-6 lead into the second quarter before pushing the gap to nine points by the half. McCoy finished with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Baker tallied 11 points and Erskine grabbed 10 boards.

Southern Wrestling Team

Edged by Phillipsburg

With five days of practice to prepare for its biggest test of the season thus far, the Southern Regional wrestling team traveled to Phillipsburg to take on the always strong Stateliners in what had to be the marquee matchup in the state Jan. 27. And while the contest definitely ended up being a close one, P-burg used a six-bout run from 138 through 182 pounds to score all the points it needed in a 29-25 victory.

With the Rams (14-2) up 10-8 following Sebastian Delligatti’s 10-2 major decision at 126 pounds and Robert Woodcock’s pin in 1:55 at 132, a Cody Harrison overtime victory over Southern’s Matt Barnett at 138 sparked the Stateliners (10-2) and they increased the gap from there, winning decisions at 145, 152 and 160 before getting a technical-fall win at 170 and a major decision at 182.

Southern’s Vin Miele won a 3-1 decision at 195, before J.T. Cornelius scored a 3-0 win at 220 and Matt Mackanic managed a 1-0 victory at heavyweight, but the Rams weren’t close enough to win in the final bout and the Stateliners conceded a forfeit at 106. The victory marked Phillipsburg’s 950th dual-match win in its vaunted history.

Southern Girls Track Team

Second in Conference

With 29 points, the Southern Regional girls indoor track team finished second behind Red Bank Catholic in the Shore Conference Championships on Jan. 26, receiving several big efforts along the way.

Senior Taylor Mulch captured the county crown in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.93, outlasting RBC’s Julianne Kopec and Freehold Township’s Erin Bertscha, while Southern sophomore Karagan Bulger snagged the fourth spot in 2:23.87. In the pole vault, senior Morgan Koeppen cleared the bar at 10 feet to take third, and the Rams’ 4x400-meter relay team also grabbed third in 4:16.84, behind the quartets from Rumson-Fair Haven and RBC.

Bulger also finished among the top six in the 400-meter dash, snagging fifth in 1:00.34, while Mulch took sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:26.40

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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