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Feb 10, 2022

RBC Girls’ Basketball Team Takes WOBM Tournament Championship

By Les Pierce

Justine Pissott was named WOBM Tournament MVP.

The Red Bank Catholic girls’ basketball team captured the 37th annual WOBM Christmas Classic championship via a resounding 55-36 victory over rival Manasquan in the tourney final on Dec. 30.

Both squads arrived at the RWJ Barnabas Arena boasting NJ.com statewide rankings, the Warriors at number four and the Caseys at number seven, suggesting the game would be closely contested. 

That notion was dispelled early when RBC jumped out to a 15-8 first quarter lead and enjoyed a commanding 28-14 advantage at the halftime break. Manasquan responded in the second half and cut the lead to just five points at 33-28 at the close of the third quarter.

RBC’s long shot specialist, Justine Pissott, finally hit her first and only three-pointer of the game in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. That basket started a scoring flurry that included a nice bucket from outside the arc by Casey Prior, and the squad pulled away in a lopsided fourth quarter.  

Pissott and Tessa Carman led the squad in scoring with 11 points each. Following on scoring stats were Emma Carman (9), Ally Carman (7) and Prior (7). Pissott was named Tournament MVP.

Pissott’s three-pointer was the 166th of her career and set the RBC school record. Abby Crotty’s 165 career three-pointers had held up as the top mark since 1997.

RBC started the tourney with a 64-15 whitewashing of Colts Neck in the quarterfinal round. Pissott led with 16 points, 12 coming from outside the circle. Freshman guard Christina Liggio contributed 15, and Boston College-bound Ally Carman also went double-digit with 10.

Rumson-Fair Haven fell to the Caseys by a 59-26 tally in the semifinal. Pissott paced the team with 19 points, with 12 from three-point land. Ally Carman and Prior put up 10 each.  

“We are very excited with the play of our team in the WOBM tournament,” stated Head Coach Joe Montano. “Manasquan is an excellent team, and anytime you can beat them and win a championship, you have accomplished something special. All of our players were unselfish and did their jobs.”