South Jersey Group 1 Girls' Basketball Preview

South Jersey Group 1 Girls' Basketball Preview
As with the boys’ there should be a number of contenders in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 girls’ basketball tournament.

A pair of Tri-County Conference teams, Wildwood and Glassboro are among the teams to watch. Here is a look at the SJ Group 1 tournament.

South Jersey Group 1
First tournament game:
 March 2
Sectional championship
: March 10
State semifinal:
 March 12
State final:
 March 15

Defending champion:
 Haddon Township beat Wildwood, 45-39 in last year’s South Jersey title game.

Outlook:
 Glassboro will be the top seed. The Bulldogs improved to 16-2 with Monday’s win. Alexis Davis, a 5-10 freshman, has enjoyed an outstanding first season. Through Monday, she was averaging 21.3 points per game.
The other teams with the highest power points (courtesy of NJ.com) are Palmyra, Wildwood, Woodbury and Haddon Township.
It was Haddon Township that scored a 42-36 double overtime win over Glassboro, showing the balance in this Group.
Coach Tom Mulligan’s Haddon Township team unit may be the best defensive team in Group 1, but the Hawks have to show that they can score consistently to stay with the contenders. Haddon Township is the two-time defending sectional champion so the Hawks are always dangerous.
Sophomore Kayleigh Armstrong is averaging just under 14 points per game for Haddon Township. Junior soccer standout Sydney Farnham is another key veteran for the Hawks.
Woodbury, which opened the season with a 44-31 win over Haddon Township, bears watch as does Wildwood.
Earlier this season Woodbury lost a 56-51 decision to Wildwood. Senior Nyasia Clark, is among the leaders for Woodbury. The Thundering Herd improved to 14-3 after Monday’s 49-33 win over Cedar Creek. Clark was leading the team in scoring, averaging nearly 13 points per game while senior Aniyah Nichols was averaging more than 11 points per game.
There might not be a team in Group 1 that has played as difficult a schedule as Wildwood. The Warriors began the week 14-3 and the losses were to Baldwin (PA), Group 3 Ocean City and Non-Public A Bishop Eustace.
Winter Favre, a 5-7 senior, is a key leader for Wildwood, averaging 11 point per game for a balanced attack.
Palmyra, which could earn the No. 2 seed, began the week 15-1, with the only loss a 52-47 defeat to Woodbury.

Senior Ashanti Taylor is one of the leaders for Palmrya, averaging just under 12 points per game while junior Elizabeth Shover was averaging more than nine points per game.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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