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All Area [1st (ALYSSA MCDONOUGH), [3rd (Janaysia James, Kenya Adams), “Honorable Mention” (Ashley Palmieri, Brittany Vick, Kyra Fox, Nadirah Wilson, Kendrea Williams, Jackie Rodriguez, Ashley Pina, Ashley Sullivan, Gabraella Jones), All Playmaking (Janaysia James), All Shooting (Jackie Rodriquez), All Freshman (Kendrea Williams, All Rebounding (Gabraella Jones, Kenya Adams), All Hustle Team (Nadirah Wilson)]. CONGRATULATIONS LADIES! THE PROGRAM IS EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU!



Forward Danielle Padovano South Brunswick Sr.

The Fordham-bound senior averaged 18.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, finishing as South Brunswick’s all-time leading scorer with 1,340 points.

Forward Brittany Washington John F. Kennedy Sr.

Averaged 17 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for the GMC runner-ups, while going over 1,600 career points as Kennedy’s all-time leading scorer.

Guard Alyssa McDonough Sayreville Sr.

The Cardinal McCarrick transfer averaged 22.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 4 steals in 17 games as she wound up with 1,020 career points.

Guard Morgan Peacock Edison Sr.

Heavily relied on, Peacock averaged 16.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.6 steals as she scored 20-plus points in 11 of 26 games.

Guard Taylor Stanley Woodbridge Sr.

The senior averaged 15.2 points, 4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.1 steals, finishing her Woodbridge career with 1,150 points.

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03 2013

2013 FBC Defenders Teams Announced!

Practice Starts On 3/8/13 for All Teams! 

11U, 13U Teams 6:30pm to 8pm

14U, 15U, 16U Teams 8pm to 9:30pm

Location is St Peter Gym, 175 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ


Welcome To The FBC Defenders Family!

11u Team

Latoya Alexander, Emily Bell, Ivy Bethea, Mollie Brueggemeier, Kristina Donza, Zaniera James, Kaitlyn Marquez, Olivia Mullins, Melissa Myer, Bianca Nakar, Erin O’Kane, Inaya Thompson, Jolisa Ramos (Dev)

13u Team

Morenike Akinrefon, Isimemen Enahoro, Patrica Harding, Deonna Henry, Roshanna Lewis, Briyanah Richardson, Kiara Rodriguez, Kennedy Selby, Alex Walker, DreAsia Williams, Taliah Whitson, Saja Alsten

14u Team

Jayda Anderson, Aahmira Brown, Elise Brown, Stephanie Giardina, Al-Asia Hill, Halena Martin, Shaunna Randolph, Brianna Rodriques, Gabrielle Turner, Maria Wise

15u Team

Yetunde Adyemo. Yewande Adyemo, Jada Atchinson, Briana Collado, Janelle Headad, Gabby Jones, Camille Menns, Taylor Nelson, Janeia Simmons, Myasia Taylor, Kendrea Williams, Yavonna Williams

16u Team

Camille Duncan, Kyra Fox, Kadijah Mathews, [Alyssa McDonough], Morgan Mitchell, Evangela Morris, Ashley Opitz, Jackie Rodriguez, Savannah Valentin, Carisma Cochrane (???), Sidney Bray

Congratulations to All Players!

FBC Defenders Basketball Staff


03 2013

Locals star for 29-0 Red Hawks


Sr Taylor Jeffers         
Fr Shalette Brown
  CLASS OF 2009 & 2012
HS Coach: Art Tooles (09) & Audrey Taylor (12)
HS Team: Franklin High School
Club Team: FBC Defenders Basketball
Mar 4, 2013   |

Even in her dreamiest summertime moments, Taylor Jeffers never saw this coming. No one did.

It’s tough to predict 29-0. It’s even tougher to actually go 29-0, and that is what the Montclair State University women’s basketball team has done so far this season. Jeffers, fellow Franklin High School graduate Shalette Brown and three other players from the area have helped make it happen.

“It’s just amazing to have a season like this,” said Jeffers, a senior forward who averages 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. “Nobody thought we’d be able to go undefeated like this. But we have a really good group of girls this year. We’re all on the same page, especially as far as defense is concerned.”

The Red Hawks allow just 45 points per game, with opponents shooting a paltry 34 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3-point range. Montclair State averages 17 steals per game and forces a mind-boggling 28 turnovers. Just in case the other team gets a shot off, the Red Hawks own a plus-11 in rebounding margin.

On Saturday Jeffers posted 16 points and six rebounds in a 71-51 shutdown of Lebanon Valley, earning the program’s first berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Next up is Christopher Newport on Friday in Indiana.

“This has been really shocking and surprising,” said Brown, who tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals against Lebanon Valley. “And tremendously fun —especially all of us being so close.”

This didn’t happen by accident. Head coach Karin Harvey recruited talent-rich Somerset, Union and Middlesex Counties and got skilled athletes who already knew each other through high school and AAU circles.

In addition to the Franklin connection of Jeffers and Brown, Harvey plucked leading scorer Melissa Tobie from Roselle Catholic, freshman guard Jordyn Stanley from Woodbridge and freshman guard Vicky Beneventine from Ridge.

Jenny Malone, who hails from North Plainfield and attended Roselle Catholic, was the starting point guard last year but got hurt in the preseason.

“That was a really big blow for us,” Jeffers said. “But that didn’t stop her from coming to practice every day and motivating us and helping us. It’s like she’s on our coaching staff.”

Stanley scored two points off the bench in Saturday’s second-round win.

“She’s doing really well,” Jeffers said. “As a freshman you can be a little scared sometimes, but she’s been able to step up and make some plays for us.”

The local connections matter. Jeffers helped recruit Brown, who is the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Year.

“I’ve never come across somebody who works so hard,” Jeffers said. “Usually players that young don’t understand how much it takes — the dedication, the work ethic. She gets it.”

The whole team gets it. That’s why the players took it in stride when the NCAA sent them on the road for the first two rounds because of New Jersey’s push to legalize sports betting.

“You make the best of the situation,” Jeffers said. “We’re just happy to be having the season we’re having.”


Written by Jerry Carino  @njhoopshaven

Staff writer Jerry Carino: jcarino@njpressmedia.compress-


03 2013

How Sweet it Is!!! Women’s Basketball Beat Lebanon Valley 71-51 to Advance to NCAA Sweet 16 29-0 Red Hawks Head to Sectional Tournament For First Time in School History

3/2/2013 7:50:00 PM

Taylor Jeffers

Box Score

Annville, PA – The magical season that has been for the Montclair State women’s basketball team will last a little longer.

Senior forward Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ, Franklin) scored a game-high 16 points while freshman Shalette Brown (Somerset, NJ, Franklin Township) and junior Nicosia Henry (Bolingbrook, IL, Bolingbrook) each scored 15 as the unbeaten Red Hawks advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship for the first time in program history with a 71-51 win over Lebanon Valley on Saturday evening.

The victory sends unbeaten Montclair State, now 29-0, to next week’s Sectional Tournament which begins on Friday, March 8. MSU will face Christopher Newport on Friday at a time and site to be determined. That information will be announced on Sunday, March 3 by the NCAA.

MSU, ranked No. 5 by and No. 7 in the WBCA/USA Today Sports Division III Poll, continues what has arguably become one of the finest, if not the finest season in program history. The Red Hawks, who have already set school records for most victories in a season, best start and longest winning streak in athletic history, are now moving into some select company.

The 29 victories by Montclair ties them with the 1995-96 Rowan (29-1) and 2009-10 Kean (29-2) squads for the second-highest single-season total in New Jersey women’s collegiate basketball history trailing only Rutgers University’s 30 victories (30-3) during the 1986-87 campaign. The Red Hawks also tied those two squads for the longest winning streak in State history and the most consecutive victories in a season as both Rowan and Kean each won 29 during their record-setting years.

Against host Lebanon Valley, the Red Hawks never trailed and except for two early ties led virtually the entire way. Tied at 4-4, Brown put MSU in front with a jumper and Henry scored four straight giving the Red Hawks a 10-4 advantage with 14:26 to play.

Kiely Chaklos connected twice from the foul line to get the Dutchwomen (24-5) within four points but that would be as close as Lebanon Valley would get the rest of the way. Jeffers countered with a jumper the next time down the floor and a layup by Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ, Roselle Catholic) with 9:21 to play gave MSU its first double-digit lead at 22-11.

Jen Kuczynski (Springfield, NJ, Jonathan Dayton) drained a three pointer for a 31-15 lead with just over four minutes to play and hit again with 27 ticks showing as Montclair State held a comfortable 40-19 lead at halftime.

Montclair held LVC to 35 percent shooting (7-of-20) in the first half and outrebounded the Dutchwomen 24-14 over the first 20 minutes, including 14 on the offensive glass that yielded 12 second-chance points. MSU also turned 13 turnovers by the hosts in to 13 points.

In the second half, LVC went on an 11-5 run to bring the deficit down to 45-30 on Kerri Stolle’s three-pointer with 15 minutes left. But the Red Hawks countered with a 17-4 spurt led by six points from Jeffers and five from Brown as the lead was boosted to 62-32 with 10:14 remaining.

Tobie added eight points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for Montclair State with freshman guard Kelly Williams (Titusville, NJ, Hopewell Valley) contributing seven points, five rebounds and three assists.

Montclair State, making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, finished with a  41-31 rebounding edge, including 21 offensive and forced the Dutchwomen in to 25 total turnovers which led to 25 points. MSU also held LVC without a field goal over the last five minutes.

The Red Hawks now move on where they will face a Christopher Newport Team that earned its way into the Sweet 16 with a 56-50 victory over Marymount (VA) in the second round on Saturday. It will be the second meeting between the teams as they last met during the 1997-98 season with the Captains (29-2) earning a 70-68 victory.


03 2013

Montclair State University Rolls Past Regis (MA) in First Round of NCAA Division III Tournament, 87-47, as MSU Moves on to Second Round

3/1/2013 7:41:00 PM

Box Score

Annville, PA – Sophomore forward Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ, Roselle Catholic) collected a game-high 17 points as Montclair State put the first 10 points on the board and never looked back in a 87-47 victory over Regis College (MA) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship at Lebanon Valley College on Friday evening.

The Red Hawks, making their first NCAA appearance in 18 years, will face host Lebanon Valley in the second round on Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 pm. THe Dutchwomen (24-4) defeated Baruch College, 59-53 in the other first-round contest. The winner of the contest advances to next week’s Sectional Tournament.

All five starters finished in double figures for NJAC champion Montclair as it improved to 28-0 and remained one of two unbeaten teams in the nation. MSU, which earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1995, got 16 points from NJAC Rookie of the Year Shalette Brown (Somerset, NJ, Franklin Township) and 14 by sophomore guard Janitza Aquino (Kearny, NJ, Kearny). Senior forward Taylor Jeffers (Franklin Township, NJ, Franklin) also contributed 14 points while junior Nicosia Henry (Bolingbrook, IL, Bolingbrook) registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It is the second time this season the Montclair State had all five players reach double figures in the same game as it also occurred in the season opener against Salisbury in November.

Regis (23-5), also making its first NCAA appearance since 1995, entered the game with the nation’s best scoring defense at 42.9 points per game however the Red Hawks more than doubled that total as they snapped the Pride’s 17-game winning streak. It was just the second time the two teams have met as Montclair recorded a 73-66 win in the opening round of the Eastern Connecticut Tip-Off Tournament last season.

Brown put the Red Hawks on the board with a layup 54 seconds into the contest and then it was the MSU defense taking over as it forced two straight turnovers turning those into layups by Henry and Brown for a 6-0 lead 1:09 in. Tobie, the NJAC Player of the Year, added a layup on the next Montclair possession then stole the ensuing inbounds that turned into a layup by Aquino giving Montclair State a 10-point lead with 17:43 left. Regis would get the deficit back within double digits several times over the next eight minutes, the last coming with 9:21 to go as Sabree Rodriguez hits twice from the foul line to make the score 23-15.

Aquino hit from behind arc and added a layup sparking an 11-1 run by MSU as the lead increased to 34-16 with 7:01 to play on two free throws by Henry. Jeffers, who had nine first-half points scored the final four of the opening period as Montclair State went into the locker room with a 50-25 advantage. The Red Hawks shot 54 percent (20-of-37) from floor and forced 14 turnovers which produced 18 points.

In the second half, the Red Hawks continued their dominance with a 13-3 run led by Tobie who had five in the spurt as MSU built its largest lead of the contest at 63-28 with 15:54 remaining.

The Pride, whose previous high in points allowed was 73 by Tufts early in the year, made a small run to trim the lead back to 66-44 with 8:44 to go but Tobie, Brown, Henry and Jeffers each scored in an 8-0 run as Montclair State restored the lead to 75-44 with just under five minutes remaining.

MSU held a huge advantage on the boards 44-28, including 21 on the offensive glass. Tobie, who added four steals and four blocks, had six rebounds while Brown added five along with three steals. The Red Hawks, who lead the nation in steals per game (18.1), had 16 in the contest.

Montclair State, which has won every game this season by double-digits, posted its fourth 40-point game this season. The Red Hawks entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in Division III in scoring margin at 28.4 points per game.


03 2013