The Mainland Regional High School girls basketball team’s season continues Tuesday in a Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game.
Who: Mainland Regional (28-3) vs. Manchester Township (31-2)
When/where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at RWJBarnabas Health Arena in Toms River
What’s next: Winner advances to the semifinals Thursday in Toms River against second-seeded Saddle River Day (27-2)
Mainland update: The Mustangs won the state Group III championship with a 42-35 victory over Chatham on Sunday.
Mainland is the No. 6 seed in the TOC and ranked No. 4 in The Press Elite 11.
The Mustangs are centered around standout college recruit Kylee Watson. The 6-foot-4 Watson scored 11 points but controlled the Chatham game defensively with 13 rebounds.
Although Watson gets most of the attention, the Mustangs are truly a team. Point guard Camryn Dirkes is one of South Jersey’s top freshmen. Claudia Mairone and Madi Hafetz provide accurate perimeter shooting. Senior guard Taylor Dalzell is a standout defender and rebounder. Kaitlyn Boggs, Jillian Gatley and Lauren Toner contribute off the bench.
Manchester won the state Group II championship with a 65-48 win over Lincoln on Sunday. The Hawks, who also won the Shore Conference title, are the No. 3 seed in the TOC and ranked No. 1 in The Elite 11.
Manchester features several talented and versatile players.
Leilani Correa, a 6-foot senior guard, averages 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. Destiny Adams, a 6-3 sophomore, averages 13.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. Kemari Reynolds, a 5-8 junior point guard, averages 10.4 points and 4.6 assists.