The Rutgers Prep School girls basketball faced an early challenge in Wednesday’s NJSIAA Tournament of Champions quarterfinals at Toms River North’s RWJBarnabas Health Arena
But as the Argonauts did when facing a first-half push from Saddle River Day in last Saturday’s Non-Public B final, Rutgers Prep simply proved to be too much for Group 1 champion.
Junior Katie Ledden netted 23 points – all in the first three quarters and 14 in the first half – and sophomore Mikayla Blakes adds 18 points as third-seeded Non-
Public B champion Rutgers Prep handled the sixth-seeded Group 1 champion Phoenix 68-56 to advance to the semifinals.
University got out to a 7-2 lead, but Rutgers Prep responded with a 12-2 run and the Argos led 19-16 after one quarter,
with Ledden netting eight points, and her team led 37-27 at halftime. Rutgers Prep increased the advantage to 53-41 headed into the final quarter.
Destiny Johnson finished with 23 points for the Phoenix (19-8), which also got 14 points from Paradise Fisher. Key plays
Back-to-back baskets by Ledden early in the fourth quarter extended the Argonauts to a 14-point lead. They’d maintain control for the duration.
What it means The Argonauts move onto the Tournament of Champions semifinals for the third time since 2016. They’re looking for their first-ever trip to the final.
What’s Next Rutgers Prep will take on second-seeded Manasquan in Friday’s TOC semifinals back in Toms River. The winner advances to Sunday’s final at Rutgers, against St. John Vianney or Sparta.