Who: No. 4 Wildwood Catholic (20-5) vs. No. 2 Middle Township (20-5)
When/where: Noon today at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township
Tickets: $5 (includes admission the 2 p.m. boys championship game between Wildwood Catholic and Atlantic City)
Radio: 97.3 FM and 98.7 FM
Online: PressofAC.com and HSLive.me
No. 0 Naiyanna Sabb, 5-6, Fr., G
No. 11 Katie McCallion, 5-8, Sr., F
No. 23 Olivia Rulon, 5-9, Jr., G
No. 44 Danielle Sanderlin, 6-0, Fr., F
No. 55 Kennedy Johnson, 6-2, Sr., C
No. 23 Lauryn Fields, 5-4, Sr., G
No. 8 Erin Ruskey, 5-8, Sr., G
No. 41 Lauren Legler, 5-9, Sr., F
No. 31 Holly McKaig, 5-10, Sr., F
No. 30 Olivia Salvo, 5-9, Sr., F
Preview: This is Wildwood Catholic’s first appearance in a CAL final since the league began its stretch of title games in 1992. But the Crusaders can turn to Johnson and coach Steve DiPatri for advice. DiPatri coached Sacred Heart to the 2012 championship and the 2013 final. Johnson played in both those games for Sacred Heart. The two both came to Wildwood Catholic after the school closed last June. Johnson, who is headed to Michigan State, averages 19 points and 13 rebounds. Rulon (10.0 ppg) uses an accurate perimeter shot to keep defenses from focusing solely on Johnson.
Middle Township is trying to win its first CAL title since 1996. The Panthers lost in the 2011 final to Vineland. Middle has won 10 straight games. The Panthers rely on defense. They have held opponents to 40 points or less nine times during their win streak. Point guard Lauryn Fields averages nearly 19 points and has scored more than 1,600 career points. Senior Lauren Legler has given the Panthers a scoring boost since she returned earlier this month from a December ankle injury.
The Panthers also rely on seniors Erin Ruskey, Olivia Salvo, Holly McKaig, Marinna Peterson and Julianna Riggitano.