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Apr 21, 2022

Three Ranney Players Named to Basketball All-Division Squad

By Les Pierce

Carlie Lapinski

The Shore Conference Basketball Coaches Association has announced the 2022 All-Division girls’ squads. Three Ranney School teammates, Sarah Hughes, Raquel Guidetti and Carlie Lapinski, have been selected to the B Central All-Division First Team. Hughes was also named B Central Player of the Year, and Head Coach Katelyn Linney was named B Central Coach of the Year. The awards are based on voting by area coaches.  

Hughes put up 184 points on the season, with 75 coming from three-point range. The junior also swiped 34 rebounds. She scored a season-high 21 points in Ranney’s 50-48 upset of Rumson-Fair Haven on Jan. 8.

“Sarah works tirelessly in practice, games and during the off-season,” Linney said. “This season, she grew her game to a new level, and she continued to gain confidence throughout the season. Her teammates looked to her to take big shots, and she delivered. Her game is more than just statistics though; the IQ and knowledge of the game she brings as well as being a great teammate is invaluable. We are so proud of Sarah.”

Guidetti earned a starting role as a freshman last year. That experience helped her to excel during the 2021-22 campaign. She led the Panthers on offense with 226 points, with 69 points coming from outside the arc. She went double digits in 12 games, with a 27-point barrage against Mater Dei her best effort.

Sophomore forward Lapinski scored 197 points on the season. Her 6-foot-1 height enabled her to pull down 54 rebounds.  

A pair of Ranney freshmen were selected to the B Central All-Division Second Team. Haley Poser was good for 206 points, going double digits 10 times. She was Ranney’s leading scorer at 17 in a game against Staten Island Academy.

Frosh guard Brooklyn Taylor saw action in all 23 games. She scored 153 points on the season. Senior guard Morgan Lapinski was awarded a B Central Honorable Mention. She netted 125 points over 21 outings.  

The voting for B Central Coach of the Year ended in a deadlock. Ranney School Head Coach Linney shares the honor with Point Pleasant Beach Head Coach Jay Lagomarsino.

Linney led the Panthers to an overall record of 16-7. The squad captured the B Central Division championship with an unblemished 12-0 slate. 

The coach rostered a young team this year; hence, the Panthers were understatedly missing from the radar screen of media preseason prognosticators.  

However, in just the third game of the season, Ranney pulled off a 50-48 upset of a highly regarded Rumson-Fair Haven contingent, on Bulldog hardwood no less. That win was a signal that Linney had already brought the team to the next level. They outscored the next three opponents by a 206-65 total and promptly found their way into the Shore Conference top ten.  

Linney booked a schedule that included some of the best squads in the state and powerhouse programs from New York and Pennsylvania. They encountered some losses against these top teams, but a “play the best to be the best” philosophy usually leads to greater successes in the long run.

Prior to joining the Ranney staff in the 2018-19 school year, Linney was an assistant coach at Fordham. She played for Fairfield University where she was a team captain and set records for three-pointers made and three-pointers made per game.  

She excelled in high school, playing for Coach Dawn Karpell at Saint John Vianney. She led the Lancers to the 2009 Tournament of Champions title and was named MVP of the tourney. In her senior year, she was named First Team All-State and was also a 2008-09 McDonald’s All-American nominee.