Thurs. S.J. girls' roundup: Gateway's Nowak hits 2,000 mark

Meghan Nowak of Gateway became the 22d player in South Jersey girls' basketball history to reach 2,000 career points, and Jasmine Martin took over as Timber Creek's all-time leading scorer, in a pair of record-setting performances on Thursday.

Former teammates packed the Gateway gym to pay tribute to Nowak, and the senior center didn't disappoint.

The fact that the Gators fell to Colonial Conference rival West Deptford, 61-53, didn't put a damper on a celebration that erupted four minutes into the fourth quarter, when Nowak completed a three-point play to reach the milestone.

By turning in another of her signature performances with 24 points and 17 rebounds, Nowak boosted her career totals to 2,002 points and 1,202 rebounds - both school records.

Nowak became the school's all-time leading scorer in a 45-30 win at Pitman on Feb. 19, when she eclipsed the mark of 1,953 points set by Erich Wiltsee in 1991.

This time, she got to share the magical moment with family and friends.

Gateway coach Stacey Kenefick said that, aside from the flowers and hugs, "The real tribute to Meghan was the number of former teammates, some of whom were seniors when she was a freshman, that came back along with their parents to see her get her 2,000th point."

Despite also getting 16 points from Alisha Fox, Gateway couldn't cap the night with a win. That honor went to West Deptford, which rallied from a five-point halftime deficit by placing five scorers in double figures.

Ironically, Martin's accomplishment also came in a loss - with Timber Creek falling, 43-41, at home to Lenape in an Olympic Conference game.

Martin scored 20 to push her total to 1,695 points, putting the senior guard atop the Chargers all-time scoring lists for boys and girls. The previous record of 1,688 points was established by Nikki Wasko in 2005.

Martin also had 10 rebounds, but the game-winning play was delivered by Lenape's Advia Campbell on a go-ahead layup in the final minute of regulation.

Olympic. In a showdown between first-place teams, host Seneca defeated Camden Catholic, 48-40, to capture the National Division title.

Melissa Giunta scored 13 points and dealt five assists, while Johanna Metzger and Brittany Snow combined for 23 points for the Golden Eagles (9-1 division). Nicole Angelo and Addy Crenny led the Irish with 15 points apiece.

Cherry Hill East ran its record to 23-0 in dominant fashion, with Rachel Sisholtz, Caitlin Delaney and Darby Festa coming off the bench to contribute 20 points in a 71-53 rout of visiting Paul VI.

Michelle Onu scored 14, Brittany Muniz added 13 points and eight steals, and Marie Boisvert posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for East, which ran out to a 28-point first-half lead. Carla Chmielewski had a game-high 21 points for the Eagles.

Tri-County. Maddie Flynn scored all of her seven points in a 15-3 third-quarter blitz that propelled host Kingsway past Williamstown, 43-36. Taylor Johnson's 15 points paced the Dragons, while Courtney Caulfield and Taylor Walker combined for 23 points for Williamstown.

Paige Settar hit a go-ahead layup with 16 seconds left for Clearview, which used a 20-3 game-ending spree to edge visiting Woodstown, 37-34. The Pioneers' charge down the stretch capped a game of runs, which saw Clearview jump out to a 12-5 lead, before the Wolverines stormed back with a 26-5 run behind Tori Smick's 19 points.

Victoria Wright took over the game in the second half, scoring 14 of her 19 points after intermission to allow host Schalick to put away Highland, 47-30. Liz Looby had a dozen points for the Tartans.

Nonleague. Ashli Weems filled the stat sheet with 24 points, 21 rebounds, six steals and three blocks - and host Millville needed every bit of her output to nip Burlington City, 53-52. Courtney Nock added 17 points and dozen rebounds for the Thunderbolts, helping to offset a 31-point performance by Burlington City's Courtney Davis.

Dominique Sellers totaled 23 points and eight assists and Danesha Triplett came through with 18 points and a dozen rebounds, powering host Woodbury past Moorestown Friends, 59-51. Sophia Aguilar's 21 points topped the Foxes' scoring.

 


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