Girls Basketball: Vote for Week 3 Shore Conference Player of the Week
Shore Conference Week 3 Player of the Week (Jan. 7 through Jan. 13)
Week 1: Jacqueline Ward, Southern
Week 2: Shelby Barksdale, Mater Dei
Poll closes at 10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 17
A North Player of the Week
Jessica O’Brien, Howell (Sr. G 5-7)
The Rebels, one of the hottest teams in the Shore, have fashioned a seven-game win streak with O’Brien steering the way. She collected 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in a 52-38 showing against Long Branch, had 14 points, six steals, four boards and three assists in engineering a 48-33 triumph over Freehold and collected 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists when Howell topped Brick Memorial, 64-35.
Kaylie Elsbree, Freehold Twp. (So. F 5-7)
Her sizzling touch from behind the arc has produced 30 3-pointers, including 13 last week. She clicked for 16 points during a 59-49 loss to Sayreville, hit five threes and pumped in a career-high 23 in a 76-55 setback to No. 7 Marlboro and netted 19 to help the cause as the Patriots (7-4) downed Old Bridge, 60-45.
Danielle Schlesinger, Marlboro (Fr. G 5-8)
Schlesinger offers depth and reliability off the bench, a point proven last week when she buried 10 3-pointers and averaged 12.3 points as Marlboro went 2-1. All 12 of her points in a 76-55 win against Freehold Twp. came courtesy of long-distance jumpers while her versatility was on display in a 61-19 triumph over Neptune when she finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Isla Brennan, Middletown South (Sr. G 5-7)
Not a bad week for the sixth-ranked Eagles and their senior playmaker. Brennan matched her career-best with 25 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot on Monday when South gained the inside track on an A North title by outlasting No.7 Marlboro, 68-63 and she cleared 11 rebounds, rejected three shots, had two steals, dished out three assists and netted eight, including a pair of late free throws to a seal a 41-36 decision against Colts Neck.
Honorable Mention: Samantha Abbate, Freehold; Hannah Orloff, Freehold Twp.; Caitlin Gresko, Howell; Anyssa Fields, Long Branch; Carlyn Deaver, Manalapan; Theresa Besso, Marlboro; Sammy Jay, Marlboro; Gisella Romeo, Marlboro; Stephanie Mayerhofer, Middletown South; Kayla Richardson, Middletown South.
A Central Player of the Week
Lucy Adams, Rumson-Fair Haven (Jr. F 6-1)
A work ethic predicated on hustle has made Adams a force under the rim. She had 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 45-40 win over Holmdel, grabbed 10 boards, blocked three shots and scored five as the Dawgs clipped Shore, 35-25, and compiled 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks in her sixth double-double as the Dawgs took down Middletown North, 43-28, for their third straight victory.
Brynn Farrell, St. Rose (Jr. G/F 5-11)
Consider this: With her 15 points in a convincing 52-36 road win at No. 4 Manasquan, Farrell eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau despite missing all but three games of her sophomore year at Metuchen due to a wrist injury. Fully healthy, she has bordered on unstoppable for the second-ranked Purple Roses, clicking for 20.1 points per game. She pumped in 22 and added five steals as well as four assists in a 67-27 performance against Stuart Day.
Faith Masonius, Manasquan (Sr. G/F 6-1)
After delivering 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 52-36 loss to No. 2 St. Rose, the Maryland recruit helped get the fourth-ranked Warriors back on track with 17 points, nine boards and five assists when they upended No. 5 RBC, 75-48. On Sunday, she accounted for 14 points, a dozen rebounds and four assists in a 66-47 loss at Long Island Lutheran.
Lola Mullaney, Manasquan (Sr. G 5-10)
Scoring hasn’t been an issue for the Harvard-bound Mullaney (21.6 ppg.). She backed 12 points and six boards in a loss to St. Rose with 31 and nine as the Warriors toppled Red Bank Catholic. She dropped in 22 Sunday in a setback to Long Island Lutheran.
Leah Nolan, Holmdel (Jr. F 5-10)
The Hornets have quietly recovered from a 0-4 start thanks in part to the work of Nolan. She deposited 12 points to accompany six rebounds, five steals and three assists in a 45-40 loss to No. 9 Rumson-Fair Haven, led a balanced showing by scoring 10 as Holmdel tripped Monmouth, 48-31, and recorded 15 points, six rebounds and four steals to key a 62-38 decision over Trinity Hall.
Honorable Mention: Carson Fontana, Holmdel; Teyonce Wilson, Monmouth; Katrina Wojtowicz, Raritan; Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic, Julia Setaro, Red Bank Catholic; Sophia Passalaqua, Rumson-Fair Haven; Lauren Lithgow, St. Rose; Abby Antognoli, St. Rose; Madison LaRosa, Shore.
A South Player of the Week
Mercedes Corbin, Central (Jr. G 5-6)
The rugged junior posted two double-doubles in aiding the Golden Eagles to a pair of wins. She had 25 points and a dozen boards during a 53-44 victory over Lacey and ended with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace Central past Brick, 58-35.
Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial (Jr. G 5-9)
Her length came in handy on the glass, where she accumulated 36 rebounds over three games. Donza supplied 16 points and 10 boards in a losing cause against Donovan Catholic and accounted for 16 points and as many caroms to fuel a 49-34 win over Toms River South before clearing 10 more in a road win at Southern.
Kaela Curtin, Southern (Jr. F)
Curtin was fearless inside for the Rams, complementing 15 points with 10 rebounds and three steals in a 52-36 loss to No. 8 Toms River North. She notched her second straight double-double with 15 points and 11 boards as Southern topped Manalapan.
Jenna Paul, Toms River North (Sr. F 5-10)
The multi-tasking Paul had all of her tools on display last week. She backed 16 points with 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks as the Mariners downed Southern, 52-36 and only elevated her activity three nights later with 25 points, 11 rejections, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 65-42 decision over Central.
Honorable Mention: Danielle Christ, Brick; Alexis Voorhees, Brick Memorial; Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial; Dani Evans, Jackson Memorial; Kamryn Lister, Toms River East; Brielle Bisogno, Toms River North; Shiloh Williams, Toms River South.
B North Player of the Week
Gianna Aiello, Matawan (So. F/C 6-3)
The blossoming big posted a pair of eye-popping double doubles. She had 14 points and 19 boards to power the Huskies over Middletown North, 44-43, and ripped down 20 rebounds to balance her 19 points in a 58-48 win against Robbinsville.
Camryn Foltz, Colts Neck (Jr. G 6-0)
The smooth and reliable Foltz poured in 19 points as the Cougars rolled past Wall, 51-31, and picked up 11 more as Colts Neck fell to No. 6 Middletown South, 41-36. She is averaging 14.1 points an outing.
Katie Hill, St. John Vianney (So. G 6-0)
Hill had quite the breakthrough week for the No. 1 Lady Lancers. She poured in a season-high 19 to lead the way in a 69-30 win over Colts Neck, had 10 points, five rebounds and four steals in a lopsided triumph over Neptune and hit three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points as SJV edged University, 47-46.
Honorable Mention: Eva Gibson, Colts Neck; Jada Allen, Matawan; Melissa Golembieski, Middletown North; Amaya Evans, Neptune; Morgan Bartlett, Ocean; Chloe Teter, Red Bank; Mia Strand, Red Bank; Nikki Russo, Wall.
B Central Player of the Week
Deyonna Carter, Asbury Park (Sr. G)
One of the better kept secrets at the Shore, Carter drew some attention based on her offensive explosion last week. She dropped 17 in a 48-33 loss to Bordentown and followed up with 28 and 30 to energize wins over Keansburg and Ranney, respectively. In the last four games, Carter is scoring at a 23.0 clip.
Katie Zoda, Mater Dei (Jr. G)
The Seraphs assumed the early driver’s seat in B Central with a 54-37 victory over Point Beach that featured Zoda supplying 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. She pumped in 18 and, with three 3-pointers, as Mater Dei edged Wall, 38-36. She has 28 treys on the season.
Honorable Mention: Kerry Harper, Henry Hudson; Hannah Valle, Keansburg; Giana Piccini, Keyport; Carleigh Burns, Point Beach; Brooke Schmelz, Ranney; Collen Cusat, Trinity Hall; Caitlin Wingertzahn, Trinity Hall.
B South Player of the Week
Jada Baker, Barnegat (Sr. F 5-9)
Baker cooked up a recipe for success on the glass for the Bengals. She cleaned 10 boards to go with five points, six assists and five blocks in a 55-42 win over Keyport, accounted for 12 points and nine rebounds during a 73-31 loss to No. 3 Manchester and piled up 15 points, 18 rebounds, four steals, two assists and a blocked shot as Barnegat topped Point Boro, 46-32.
Paige Slaven, Donovan Catholic (Jr. G 5-7)
The engine that sets the pace for the Griffins, Slaven was a busy playmaker as Donovan Catholic ran its win streak to seven. She had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and block in a 46-29 win over Jackson Memorial, 12 points, six boards, four assists and two rejections to aid a 45-35 cause against Lacey and 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal as Donovan Catholic stormed past Jackson Liberty, 41-18.
Leilani Correa, Manchester (Sr. G 6-0)
Offensive balance has been a strong suit for the third-ranked Hawks and, last week, Correa was the modest headliner. The West Virginia pledge backed 15 points in a win over Barnegat with 13 points and six rebounds as the Hawks roared past Lakewood.
Honorable Mention: Kya Joseph, Barnegat; Jayda Kearney, Donovan Catholic; Maura Carney, Jackson Liberty; Hailey McGee, Jackson Liberty; Hailey Ocskasy, Lacey; Allie Toth, Lacey; Aysha Diawara, Lakewood; Bridget Dudas, Pinelands; Allie Delaney, Point Boro.