One last look at the South Jersey Girls Basketball Season

by Marc Narducci | Mar 18, 2024
One last look at the South Jersey Girls Basketball Season
It was a highly successful South Jersey Girls basketball season, highlighted by the two state champions from the seven-county South Jersey area. Here is a look back at the season:

State Champs


State Champions: Lenape (Group 4) and Mainland (Group 3).

Mainland was the top team in the area. The Mustangs (31-1) didn’t lose to a team from the seven-county South Jersey area, with the only loss to perennial state power St. John Vianney. Mainland even beat Lenape, 50-46 in the regular season.

Lenape (26-7) got hot at the appropriate time, winning its final 15 games, and as outlined last week, the Indians allowed just 29.6 points in their six playoff wins, showing again the defense does indeed win championships. 

South Jersey Championships

South Jersey Group 1: No. 2 seeded Wildwood 54, (4) Woodstown, 53

South Jersey Group 2: (2) Middle Township 47, (1) Cinnaminson 39

South Jersey Group 3: (1) Mainland 64, (6) Absegami 40
South Jersey Group 4: (2) Lenape 58, (1) Williamstown 37

South Jersey Non-Public A: (1) Red Bank Catholic 44, (7) Paul VI 26

South Jersey Non-Public B: (1) Rutgers Prep 63, (3) St. Rose 42

Special Citation


Paul VI was the lowest seed to earn a berth in a South Jersey final.  The No. 7 Eagles beat No. 10 Immaculata, 80-27 in the first round, followed by a 52-48 win over No. 2 Trinity Hall in the quarterfinal. Paul VI then beat No. 6 Our Lady of Mercy, 78-43 in the semifinal before falling to eventual state champion Red Bank Catholic in the final.

 

Hail to the Conference Champions


Here were the local conference division champions from South Jersey

BURLINGTON COUNTY SCHOLASTIC LEAGUE

Freedom Division: Bordentown, Maple Shade and Palmyra each finished 8-2.

Independence Division: Burlington City went 10-0.

Liberty Division: Trenton Catholic went 10-0.

Patriot Division: Pennsauken, Northern Burlington and Pemberton each went 6-2.

 

CAPE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

American Division: Mainland went 12-0.

National Division: Egg Harbor Township and Our Lady of Mercy went 11-1.

United Division: Lower Cape May went 12-0,

 

COLONIAL CONFERENCE

Liberty Division: Haddonfield went 9-1.

Patriot Division: Audubon went 10-0. (Note: Audubon was among the most improved teams in South Jersey. The Green Wave were 16-8 overall and advanced to the South Jersey Group 1 semifinal after going 9-14 the previous season).

 

OLYMPIC CONFERENCE

American Division: Lenape went 7-1.

National Division: Paul VI was 6-0.

Patriot Division: Moorestown was 10-0.

 

TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE

Classic Division: Gloucester Catholic and Wildwood each went 9-1.

Diamond Division: Woodstown went 10-0.

Liberty Division: Timber Creek went 9-1.

Royal Division: Williamstown was 8-0.

 

Final Rankings


Here is where teams from the seven-county South Jersey area ended in the final NJ.com state rankings:

(7) Mainland (31-1)

(11) Paul VI (23-5)

(13) Lenape (26-7)

Photo: Audubon post holiday tournament title win / Courtesy Audubon Girls Basketball

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