RED BANK - Red Bank Catholic, a Shore area powerhouse defeated the Southern Regional Girls basketball team on Thursday evening 46-28. The Rams under Tom Bucci are having a solid year with a record of 15-8. Red Bank Catholic is 19-4 and because they do have access to great players, they are able to consistently be at the top in New Jersey.
When it comes to Southern trying to compete with the powerhouse teams in Monmouth County it has alwasy been difficult for the Lady Rams.
The reality is that schools like St. John Vianney, Red Bank Catholic and a number of public schools have the opportunity to recruit players from any geographical spot in the Jersey Shore. That creates an unfair advantage to those schools that recruit players.
The Ram program is made up of the children of real residents who attend and compete at their local school in their local district. Southern's basketball program doesn't have the advantages of these other programs and they should be so proud of that.
The Rams are a solid program built by the late Kathy Snyder who took over the reigns in 1979 and continued until her untimely death a few years back. The team is now led by Tom Bucci.
It is next to impossible for Southern to compete against the teams listed above due to their disadvantage, but the Rams are powerful in their own right. In fact, Southern Regional arguably has traditionally been the top public school girls basketball program at the Jersey Shore. Toms River North under Coach Vicki Gillen is also solid.
As far as Thursday's contest, Rose Caverly scored 21 points to lead third-seeded Red Bank Catholic to that 46-28 victory over the 19th-seeded Rams in the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament in Red Bank. Katie Rice added 10 points and Julia Setaro chipped in five for Red Bank Catholic.
Red Bank Catholic is ranked as the sixth top team in New Jersey.
Lauren Cruse led Southern with eight points. Mikayla Nicolini chipped in with seven points while Colleen Brady scored six.
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