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Destiny Adams, Manchesher
Junior Forward 6-3

Destiny Adams of Manchester drives against Red Bank Catholic (Photo by Paula Lopez)

By request, Adams changed the emphasis of her game this winter and was a dominant force for the Hawks (28-4). Manchester showcased its centerpiece on the interior, an area previously devoid of height, to utilize her size, athleticism and persistence around the rim. She certainly didn't disappoint.

Her bids from 3-point range declined significantly due to her success and increased overall output in the paint. Adams saw a rise in her scoring, which went from 14.7 as a sophomore to 18.0 this winter, a testament to capitalizing on higher-percentage shots. That location also put her in closer proximity to the rim, inviting Adams to be tenacious on the offensive glass, which helped elevate her rebounds from 7.0 to 11.7. Her consistency was substantiated by 19 double-doubles, including a masterpiece against Middle Twp. that featured 21 points and 23 boards in a 52-39 triumph that wrapped up a fourth consecutive South Jersey, Group 2 title.

Adams is a highly-sought after recruit who is currently ranked 33rd overall among the Class of 2021 by ESPN and fifth in the nation among junior wing players, which is her natural place on the offense. Even though relegated to interior designs, she still managed to offer occasional reminders of what she can accomplish from the perimter, dicing defenses off the driblle and dropping 16 3-pointers.

Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney
Sophomore Guard 5-9

Madison St. Rose of St. John Vianney (Photo by Richard O'Donnell)

Going against conventional wisdom, a St. Rose bloomed this winter. The sizzling sophomore guard could aptly be dubbed the “Electric Glide” for how gracefully she exhibited the power of leading by example.

St. Rose made a seamless transition from key reserve as a freshman to a stealthy floor general who earned her stripes in steering the Lady Lancers (28-1) to a B North division title, the Shore Conference Tournament championship, the South Jersey, Non-Public A crown and the No. 1 ranking in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 in a bountiful 28-1 campaign.

Her unflappable poise under fire was evident in the latter stages of the SCT. St. Rose converted 14 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with a career-high 36 points in a 70-63 semifinal triumph over St. Rose and she went 4 for 4 at the line in the final 32.8 seconds of the championship to seal a 57-50 verdict against defending champion Manchester.

Her smooth lefty stroke yielded 18.4 points an outing, doubling her scoring rate from a year ago but only scratched the surface of her list of contributions. St. Rose added  5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists while her shrewd defense reaped 4.2 steals per game and verified the impact she made at both ends of the court.

Brynn Farrell, St. Rose
Senior Guard 5-11

Brynn Farrell of St. Rose (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

So often lauded for her natural scoring prowess, the University of Florida pledge developed into a more complete asset for the Purple Roses (22-8).

Farrell, who became only the 12th player in Shore Conference history to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau for her career, maintained her propensity for point producing, clicking for 20.3 a night. However, faced with various defenses inclined to cut off her route to the rim, Farrell countered with a heady passing touch that exposed openings and invited teammates into the offensive fray.

She dished out 100 assists to lead St. Rose in that department. Her dispossessing hands reaped a team-high 51 steals to illuminate defensive qualities easily overlooked and her fierce competitiveness under the boards cleared nearly six rebounds a game. Her penchant for penetration overshadowed a perimeter game that sank 54 3-pointers.

Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial
Senior Guard 5-9

Kristina Donza of Jackson Memorial (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

A fixture in the Jaguars’ lineup since her freshman year, the Navy-bound senior saved her best for last. Donza provided Jackson Memorial (23-4) with a bonanza of rewards across the board as it marched through a 14-0 run to the A North title.

She registered 10 double-doubles while devouring opponents for 26.7 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Donza picked up 26 points and 15 boards in a 54-36 victory over Toms River East on Jan. 9. Against Point Beach in the preliminary round of the Shore Conference Tournament, she exploded for a season-high 37 points and surpassed Hannah Missry to become the program’s all-time leading scorer, finishing her stay with 1,824.

Donza get defenders' heads spinning with her offensive variety. She pierced schemes with agile manuervers to the rim and seized advantage of those who played off her by  burying 70 3-pointers.

Anyssa Fields, Long Branch
Senior Guard/Forward 6-0

Anyssa Fields of Long Branch (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

Arguably, the best kept secret in the Shore.

One of the primary reasons the Green Wave (17-6) fashioned its first winning season since 1996 hinged on the consistency of its 6-0 senior compass. Fields, who is uncommitted, beat defenders in all manner and guided Long Branch with effortless style. Her drives magnified her agile footwork while her elevation to the rim unlocked endless layups but also her affinity for controlling the glass.

Besides striking for 18.3 points a contest, Fields cleared 13.3 rebounds per outing. She recorded 19 double-doubles in 23 games, marked by 25 points and 21 boards in a 50-38 decision against Old Bridge in the first round of the Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament. She wrapped up her run with the Green Wave with a 969 points and 784 rebounds.

Katie Hill, St. John Vianney
Junior Guard 5-11

Katie Hill of St. John Vianney (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

Vianney operated without a single senior on its roster but Hill, who recently verballed to Richmond, was the next best thing. Along with fellow junior Christina Whitehead, her experience as a three-year varsity member proved invaluable for the Lady Lancers in terms of representing the composure and timely deliveries necessary to build the impeccable resume SJV authored.

While her 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.5 steals were tangibles greatly appreciated, so too was her ability to defend any position on the floor. Her staunch, heady resistance, be it on the perimeter or in the paint, was instrumental in St. John Vianney limiting opponents to a mere 34.6 points a game.

A steely touch from the foul line was highlighted in the final stages of the SCT; she sank all four attempts from the stripe in the fourth quarter to help put St. Rose away in the semis and knocked down 5 of 6 in the last three minutes to punctuate the championship triumph over Manchester.


Kayla Richardson, Middletown South
Senior Guard/Forward 5-10

Kayla Richardson of Middletown South (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The consistent LaSalle-bound swing scored in double figures in all but two contests for the Eagles (15-11) but her contributions spanned further than buckets. Richardson was an alert distributor from the high post who recognized open outlets when double teams descended and her work on the boards was an invaluable asset for Middletown South. She eclipsed the 1,000-point mark during her senior year and produced at a 15.0 clip.

One of her finest performances came in the quarterfinal round of Central Jersey, Group 4 at Freehold Twp. when she backed 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks with timely dispensing to set up Grace Meehan, Bella Orlando and Renee Wells along the perimeter en route to six assists in a 56-50 victory.

Makayla Andrews, St. Rose
Senior Forward 5-11

Makayla Andrews of St. Rose (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Her senior year will be forever marked by her buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation that stamped a 17-point comeback in the fourth quarter and forged a tie with Paul VI in the quarterfinal round of South Jersey, Non-Public A. She finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in sparking the Purple Roses to a 90-80 win in double overtime.

Such were the type of offerings supplied by the Lafayette recruit throughout her senior year. Andrews read defensive passing lanes and her quick anticipation created steals and fast-break opportunities. Her work on the boards yielded a team best 7.1 rebounds a game to go with 13.8 points. She and teammate Brynn Farrell could interchange as the primary scorer rendering a defense helpless in terms of containing either. On six occasions, the pair clicked for 20 or more points on the same night; St. Rose was 5-1 in those contests.

Camryn Foltz, Colts Neck
Senior Guard 6-0

Camryn Foltz of Colts Neck (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Foltz was a staple in the starting five at Colts Neck since her sophomore year, a picture of consistency that only got better with time. She completed her tenure with the Cougars by accumulating 1,327 points, a number achieved by a diverse offensive repertoire.

Always confident attacking the basket and a reliable lane filler on the break, Foltz was just as dangerous with her mid-range jumper and saw her numbers climb each season from long range. She compiled 31 3-pointers as a senior, the most in a season during her time in Colts Neck, marked by the five she drained in scoring 23 during a 59-39 win against Wall on Jan. 17. While her 20.4 points per game is the one specialty most are familiar with, Foltz who also a quiet retriever on the boards, pulling down 6.1 an outing.

Heading to Dartmouth, Foltz recorded five double-doubles, including 30 points and 10 boards on Jan. 25 when the Cougars tamed Middletown South, 48-40. She canned 10 or more field goals six times, led by the 15 buckets that dropped from inside the arc in stinging Northern Burling for a season-high 34 in a 67-40 win in the opening round of Central Jersey, Group 3.

Paige Slaven, Rumson-Fair Haven
Senior Guard 5-7

Paige Slaven of Rumson-Fair Haven (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

The mercurial Slaven, who transferred to Rumson-Fair Haven from Donovan Catholic for her senior year, instantly acclimated to her new surroundings. She used her combination of speed and size to squeeze through defenses and drop in 12.5 points a game but that's not all.

She was easy to lose sight of under the boards until she emeged with the rebound, grabbing 5.2 on average and kept teammates involved on a playmaker who handed out 4.2 assists. Her instinctual defense was a constant disruption for oppoents, a point made against Manasquan in the Central Jersey, Group 2 final when she came up with 10 steals in a 49-39 loss.

Her courage to drive inside not only earned her repeated trips to the foul line, where she sank 80 free throws, but kept opponents back pedaling, creating room on the 3-point line to hit 30 triples.

Macy Brackett, Neptune
Senior Forward 5-9

Macy Brackett of Neptune (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Brackett came into her own as senior for the Scarlet Fliers, posting 13 double doubles. Signed to Grayson College, a JUCO in Texas, the slick and nimble forward clicked for 18.6 points and 9.5 rebounds in an 18-10 season fashioned by Neptune.

During a six-game win streak midway through the year, Brackett was in peak form, accounting for 23.5 points and 9.8 boards. Against Trenton on Jan. 25, she hit the Tornadoes for 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 63-44 victory and tagged Middletown North for 32 and 13 five nights later to push the Fliers pas the Lions, 61-55.

Jessica Riepe, Marlboro
Junior Forward 5-11

Jessica Riepe of Marlboro (Photo by Paula Lopez)

This was not the shooter teams wanted to leave unattended along the perimeter. Riepe led the state with 97 3-pointers, averaging 3.4 treys a game. She drained four or more in a contest 13 times, including seven twice, both times finishing with 25 points in wins over Freehold in the regular season and South Brunswick in the first round of Central Jersey, Group 4.

In two years, she has compiled 158 threes but her finishing stroke fro the arc overshadoes a good deal more of what she can do. Riepe can get after it on the glass and move the basketball selflessly within the Mustangs' fast-paced system. She was responsible for 13.1 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.


Abby Antognoli, St. Rose
Junior Guard 5-7

The glue that held the Purple Roses together, Antognoli's ceaseless playmaking and hustle exemplified how invaluably the junior point guard was to the scheme. Lightning quick, whether devouring space in the open floor, recognizing an open teammate with a feed or robbing an opposing ball handler, Antognoli is always looking to make something positive happen.

She delivered 10.8 points (including 30 3-pointers), 4.4 rebounds and led St. Rose with 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals a night.

Kemari Reynolds, Manchester
Senior Guard 5-8

Kemari Reynolds of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Make sure you examine the right numbers when weighing what the Penn-bound point guard meant to the Hawks. Yes, her scoring dropped from 10.1 a game as a junior to 6.8 as a senior but with good reason.

The Hawks were flushed with potent finishers, from Destiny Adams in the paint to Amyah Bray, Angelica Velez, Gabriella Ross and Nahkaleigh Hayes-Jones in the backcourt alongside Reynolds. Tracing the route of practically any bucket made by Manchester when she was on the floor and, chances are, she played an influence. Reynolds modestly deferred to others while subtly playing traffic cop on offensive sets and steering the flow of play with timely ball movement. In the process, she paid the program forward by grooming a young group of guards in an image the reflects her finest attributes.

Dig a little deeper into her stats and a view of where Reynolds made her biggest impact is revealed. With Manchester short on size, she lent a hand on the board by taking down nearly four a night and she picked up a team-best 82 steals, energizing a defense that incorporated more man to man based on its quickness and cohesion and limited opponents to 38.1 points a contest, down from 40.8 a year ago.

Rachel Capua, Jackson Memorial
Junior Guard 5-8

Rachel Capua of Jackson Memorial (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

Capua was the perfect complement to Kristina Donza in the Jaguars' offense. She made sure that those who chose to double her backcourt partner paid the price.

The elusive junior two-guard was in her element running the floor in transition and she could generally finish what she started. Capua piled up 112 steals (4.1 per game) and pumped in 18.8 points a night as a influential figure on both sides of the time line for Jackson.

While her work orchestrating the break was vast, so too was the range on her jumper. Capua drilled 62 3-pointers. She scored no less than 11 points in every game this winter, climbed over the 1,000-point mark and had her best performance in an 81-47 triumph over Donovan Catholic on Jan. 13 when she picked up 32 points and 11 rebounds.

Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic
Sophomore Guard 6-2

Justine Pissott of Red Bank Catholic (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

Pissott and 6-4 sophomore center Ally Carman played off each other's strengths. Carman's work inside, where she dropped 13.8 points a game, balanced the damage Pissott inflicted from distances are to comprehend.

It's not just her size that makes Pissott so difficult to contest when she elevates on jumper from 3-point territory, an area from which she fired in 67 threes while averaging 12.8 points. It's her blink-of-an-eye catch and release that doesn't give a defender enough time to get a futile hand up to offer a challenge.

That length is also a handy tool on the defensive end where she contests and alters shots around the paint. Her reach when sliding into a defensive spot in the lane denies entries to the post and intrudes on passing lanes, which created numerous chances for deflections that triggered the Caseys into transition mode.

Chloe Teter, Red Bank
Junior Guard 5-9

Chloe Teter of Red Bank (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Hard to argue that the undersized Bucs thrived this season due to the sum of their interchangeable parts. Senior Taylor Crystian explored off the dribble with purpose, junior Caitlyn Decker steered the offense with steady aplomband classmate Amelia Medolla carved her niche as a specialist from long range.

Teter acclimated to her place, becoming a reliable shooting guard who dropped 40 3-pointers and led the Bucs with a 13.3 scoring clip. Her point production was steady and reliable; Teter never scored less than eight points and her high-water mark came in the season finale when she netted 24 in a 54-41 loss to Jackson Liberty in the quarterfinal round of Central Jersey, Group 3, a contest in which she made a season-high six 3-pointers.

Brooke Hollawell, Manasquan
Sophomore Guard 5-7

Brooke Hollawell of Manasquan (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The idea that, based on its youth, Manasquan would suffer a notable drop off didn't sit well with the Warriors' sophomore nucleus...especially Hollawell.

The slick guard topped Manasquan with a modest 12.9 points a game, a number that seemed to only rise significantly in big spots. She poured a career-high 29, fueled by five threes, in a 66-60 win over Marlboro in the WOBM Christmas Classic, nailed five more triples and totaled 22 points in a 41-40 setback to Red Bank Catholic and powered Manasquan to a 49-39 triumph over Rumson-Fair Haven for its seventh straight Central Jersey, Group 2 title with 23 points, including...what else?...five 3-pointers.

Hollawell finished with 53 3-pointers, to go with 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.

Honorable Mention
(In alphabetical order)

A North

Maddie Bideaux, Freehold; Tanya Elsbree, Freehold Twp.; Maddie Grayson, Long Branch; Caitlin Gresko, Howell; Sammy Jay, Marlboro; Grace Leary, Howell; Stephanie Mayerhofer, Middletown South; Hannah Orloff, Freehold Twp.; Dani Schlesinger, Marlboro; Lauryn Thomas, Manalapan.

A Central

Lucy Adams, Rumson-Fair Haven; Lucy Alberici, Raritan; Ally Carman, Red Bank Catholic; Julia Corsentino, Shore; Mary Elizabeth Donnelly, Manasquan; Fab Eggenschwiler, Red Bank Catholic; Rylee Drahos, Shore; Georgia Heine, Manasquan; Madison LaRosa, Shore; Dorothy Loffredo, Manasquan; Cortland McBarron, Rumson-Fair Haven; Leah Nolan, Holmdel; Sophia Sabino, Red Bank Catholic; Ryann Taylor, Holmdel.

A South

Kelle Anwander, Toms River South; Jackie Benvenuto, Toms River North; Emma Carpino, Brick; Mercedes Corbin, Central; Kaela Curtin, Southern; Sam Del Rio, Southern; Bianca Giordano, Jackson Memorial; Sydney Howell, Toms River North; Kristina Johnson, Toms River North; Kayla Krzyzkowski, Central; Jordyn Madigan, Toms River East; Emily Maire, Toms River East; Alexis Voorhees, Brick Memorial; 

B North

Gianna Aiello, Matawan; Bette Bradley, Ocean; Emma Bruen, St. John Vianney; Megan Cahalan, St. John Vianney; Taylor Crystian, Red Bank; Caitlyn Decker, Red Bank; Amaya Evans, Neptune; Amelia Medolla, Red Bank; Sophia Memon, Middletown North; Ashley O'Connor, St. John Vianney; Victoria Palladino, Middletown North; Jess Thesing, Colts Neck; Nikki Russo, Wall; 

B Central

Shelby Barksdale, Mater Dei; Lily Blumenkrantz, Ranney; Jackie Burgos, Keyport; Cassidy Burns, Point Beach; Jada Clayton, Point Beach; Aaliyah Coleman, Keansburg; Tyasia Cooper, Asbury Park; Alyssa Curry, Henry Hudson; Haven Dora, Trinity Hall; Allison House, Point Beach; Colleen Kelly, Trinity Hall; Madison Lopez, Mater Dei; Liz Mauro, Mater Dei; Ann McGavin, Henry Hudson; Kristen Ohlinger, Point Beach; Bella Santulli, Ranney; Eliyah Tulley, Asbury Park; Katie Zoda, Mater Dei; Maggie Ward, Trinity Hall; Caitlin Wingertzahn, Trinity Hall. 

B South

Serenity Anderson, Manchester; Amyah Bray, Manchester; Ariana Broughton, Jackson Liberty; Maura Carney, Jackson Liberty; Olivia Conroy, Donovan Catholic; Bridget Dudas, Pinelands; Riley Giordano, Lacey; Karolina Jaruseviciute, Donovan Catholic; Kya Joseph, Barnegat; Jordyn Keating, Donovan Catholic; Kate Leturgez, Point Boro; Kayla Nelson, Jackson Liberty; Gabriella Rose, Manchester; Lila Shaver, Point Boro; Tatjana Tatar, Donovan Catholic; Ashleigh Tavaska, Jackson Liberty; Angelica Velez, Manchester; Sarah Zimmerman, Lacey. 

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