Kennedy Johnson scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as fifth-seeded Sacred Heart High School knocked off fourth-seeded Middle Township 51-48 in the opening round of the Cape-Atlantic League girls basketball tournament Friday.

Defending champion Sac-red Heart (18-5) bounced Middle from the tournament for the second straight season.

Mandy Buirch and Ciani Carter each had five points in the first half as the Lions jumped out to a 13-4 lead. Sacred Heart extended that lead to 10 at the break.

Olivia Schwartz and Lauryn Fields combined for 18 of Middle Township's 22 third-quarter points to cut the deficit to three. Schwartz had 11 of her team-high 20 points in that quarter, including three 3-pointers. For the Panthers, Fields finished with 14 points, while teammate Lauren Legler had 12 points and six rebounds, and Olivia Salvo had seven rebounds.

Sacred Heart will face top-seeded Ocean City, the No. 6 team in The Press Elite 11, in a semifinal Wednesday at St. Augustine Prep. The game is a rematch of last year's final.

"Our kids stepped up and executed our game plan and handled important in-game adjustments necessary to beat a quality team like Middle in its own gym," Sacred Heart coach Steve DiPatri said in an email.

Sacred Heart 13 10 15 13-51

Middle Township 4 9 22 13-48

SH-Buirch 3 2-3 10, Carter 2 0-0 5, Smith 3 0-0 6, Ferrucci 3 0-0 8, Johnson 9 4-6 22. Totals-20 6-9 51.

MT-Peterson 1 0-0 2, McCann 0 0-2 0, Fields 4 4-6 14, Legler 5 2-3 12, Schwartz 8 0-2 20. Totals-18 6-13 48.

3-pointers-Ferrucci (2), Buirch (2), Carter SH; Schwartz (4), Fields (2) MT.

Records-S.H. 18-5, Middle 15-8.

(2) Cedar Creek 45,

(7) St. Joseph 36

Kristine Miller scored 20 points for Cedar Creek, which is ranked No. 4 in The Press Elite 11.

Mikila Stefanski added nine points for the Pirates, and Casey Thomas grabbed eight rebounds.

St. Joseph cut the Cedar Creek lead to two points with less than two minutes left, but Miller hit two free throws and the Pirates pulled away.

For St. Joseph, Dana DiRenzo had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Samantha Wetzel added seven points and 10 rebounds.

St. Joseph 12 6 9 9-36

Cedar Creek 16 13 6 10-45

SJ-Dudo 1 4-7 6, Metzler 3 1-2 7, Wetzel 3 1-2 7, Weiss 2 0-0 5, Donohue, DiRenzo 5 1-1 11, Kozachyn 0 0-2 0. Totals-14 7-14 36.

CC-Miller 5 9-10 19, Hesse 1 0-0 2, Mikila Stefanski 3 1-3 10, Morgan Stefanski 2 0-0 4, Mercina Stefanski 2 0-0 6, Thomas 0 2-4 2, Jaffe 0 2-3 2. Totals-13 14-20 45.

3-pointers-Weiss SJ. Mikila Stefanski (3), Mercina Stefanski (2) CC.

Records-S.J. 15-7, Cedar Creek 18-3.

(1) Ocean City 42,

(8) Lower Cape May Regional 26

O.C.'s Julia Duggan scored five of her team-high 15 points in the first quarter as the Red Raiders, No. 6 in The Press Elite 11, took an 11-2 lead.

Duggan also grabbed 14 rebounds. Natalie Landi added 11 points.

Ariel Magee scored 13 points for Lower.

Ocean City plays fifth-seeded Sacred Heart in a semifinal game Wednesday at St. Augustine Prep at a time to be determined.

Lower Cape May Regional 2 7 5 12-26

Ocean City 11 11 10 10-42

LCM-Holden 2 2-2 6, Sangillo 2 3-4 7, Vandermark 0 0-0 0, McDowell 0 0-2 0, Magee 5 0-0 13. Totals-9 5-8 26.

OC-Duggan 7 1-3 15, Johnson 0 1-4 1, Landi 4 3-7 11, Mateer 4 1-1 9, Briggs 0 1-2 1, Piergross 2 0-0 5. Totals-17 7-17 42.

3-pointers-Magee (3) LCM. Piergross OC.

Records-Lower Cape May 14-9, O.C. 18-3.

CAL regular season

Hammonton 51,

Pleasantville 41

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Tri-State Christian

Atlantic Christian 37,

Baptist Regional 27

Kelsey Robinson led the Cougars with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Jordan Scheidegg added eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Baptist Regional 8 7 7 5-27

Atlantic Christian 8 14 5 10-37

BR-Shover 4 2-2 10, Prentice 3 3-5 9, Sandberg 1 0-0 3, Murray 1 0-0 3, McDonald 1 0-0 2. Totals-10 5-9 27.

AC- Zalman 0 4-6 4, Bird 1 2-2 5, Robinson 4 10-15 18, Scheidegg 2 4-4 8, Hitchner 0 2-2 2. Totals-7 22-29 37.

3-pointers-Sandberg, Murray BR. Bird AC.

Records-A.C. 17-4.

Tri-County Conference

Salem 51, Wildwood 47

Jessica Freeman led Wildwood with 26 points and eight rebounds.

Serena Seijo added 14 points and four steals for the Warriors.

Wildwood 4 17 8 18-47

Salem 14 15 7 15-51

W-Seijo 6 1-1 14, Je. Freeman 10 3-3 26, Toland 0 0-0 0, Huber 10-0 3, Reyes 2 0-0 4. Totals-19 4-4 47.

S-Chepman 4 4-6 13, Turner 0 1-2 1, Tatem 5 7-10 17, Robinson 1 2-4 5, Sanders 3 0-0 6, Marts 3 2-3 9. Totals-16 16-25 51.

3-pointers-Freeman (3), Seijo, Huber W; Robinson, Chepman, Marts S.

Records-Wildwood 13-10, Salem 14-8.