WILDWOOD — Oakcrest High School’s Kanesha Foster scored all 11 of her team’s points in the third quarter against Rob-binsville at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Wednesday.
Three of Foster’s field goals in the quarter came after she stole the ball.
It appeared at the time that the 5-foot-9 junior guard would lead the Falcons girls basketball team to a comeback victory in the Ray Martin Memorial Girls Showcase game.
But Robbinsville regained command in the fourth quarter and won 47-35.
Julia Kardos, a summer resident of North Wildwood, led the Ravens with 15 points and had six rebounds.
Foster topped all scorers with 21 points and had five rebounds and seven steals.
“We tried to win it, and I tried hard to pick us up,” said Foster, 16. “They (Robbinsville) were watching me but there was no special defense on me. I thought we were going to win it.”
Robbinsville, of Mercer County, upped its season mark to 2-3 and Oakcrest is 0-3.
Oakcrest, which trailed 22-8 in the second quarter, cut the lead to 26-25 on a 3-pointer by Foster with 1 minute, 55 seconds left in the third quarter. Following a Ravens basket, Oakcrest drew close again at 28-27 on a rebound shot by Kristina Nguyen.
Robbinsville scored the next four points early in the fourth quarter, and the lead never got below three points again.
“This is the first time we’ve been here and it's the first time that we have played in an arena like this,” Robbinsville coach Chris Hoffman said. “We’re a young team with no seniors. We commited some turnovers, which a young team will do, but then they stepped up.”
Also for the Ravens, Courtney Allen added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jasmine Page had 12 rebounds, and Kaitlyn Herbert finished with 10 points and six steals.
Kardos scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including a traditional three-point play that made it 35-29 with 5 minutes, 12 second leftc.
“We wanted to show that we’re a good team and we were determined to win at the end,” said Kardos, a 16-year-old junior. “It’s the first time we’ve played in anything like this. It’s really cool to play here.”
Oakcrest’s Brielle Burnett had six points and 11 rebounds.
“We played well in the second half, but we’re not a team that can play for two quarters and win,” Oakcrest coach Jason Vander Ryk said. “Getting better as a team is always our goal.
“Kanesha was unbelievable. She always gives it everything she has.”
Oakcrest returns to the Boardwalk Basketball Classic today for another Ray Martin Memorial Girls Showcase game, meeting Cape May Tech at 9:30 a.m.
Contact Guy Gargan:
Oakcrest 2 12 11 10—35
Robbinsville 9 13 6 19—47
O—Foster 6 8-10 21, Barber 1 0-0 2, Nguyen 1 0-0 2, Burnett 3 0-2 2, Aires 2 0-2 4. Totals—13 8-14 35.
R—Kardos 6 3-3 15, Martinez 0 2-9 2, Allen 6 0-2 13, Herbert 5 0-0 10, Genzo 1 0-0 2, Orlak 0 1-2 1, Page 2 0-2 4. Totals—20 6-18 47.
3-pointers—Foster O; Allen R.
Records—Oakcrest 0-3; Robbinsville 2-3.
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