WILDWOOD - Ocean City girls basketball coach Paul Baruffi got exactly what he wanted on Wednesday night when his Red Raiders took on Methacton in the GWITDA Bracket championship game at the Boardwalk Classic. Well, except for the nine turnovers and poor free-throw shooting, of course.
Baruffi said he wanted his team to face a tough challenge with matchup problems during the holiday break, before the Red Raiders start mixing it up with Cape-Atlantic League foes come January. The Red Raiders got all they could handle from the Warriors before hanging on for a 46-40 victory — their sixth straight to start the season despite losing four starters to graduation from last season’s South Jersey Group 3 championship team.
Junior point guard Danielle Donoghue led the way for Ocean City, scoring 18 points and adding five rebounds, two assists and four steals, while Michaela Baker — a senior and the lone returning starter from last year’s team — scored six points and added eight rebounds while limiting Methacton forward Jillian Zerbe to just six points and four rebounds.