Girls Basketball Player of the Week: Brooke Hollawell, Manasquan
There is a particular pace to Brooke Hollawell's game that runs metaphorically parallel to the rise in the Manasquan sophomore's stock.
In the age of automatic transmissions, the 5-7 guard is more reminiscient of manual shifting, quick to slide into fifth gear when the fast break calls for a sudden burst of her speed, but alert as to when to downshift and organize the Warriors into their halfcourt sets. A modern player with old-school tendencies.
In the first two weeks, she is been a versatile force for Manasquan (4-2), drawing the kind of notice that earned her the Shore Sports Network Girls Basketball Player of the Week and a $25 gift card to Surf Taco. The most notable uptick revolves around her blossoming profile as a prominent scorer. As a freshman coming off the bench, Hollawell accumulated a total of 87 points in 28 games, averaging 3.1 a contest in limited playing time. With '19 grads Faith Masonius and Lola Mullaney - the Warriors' primary offensive options last season - off to college, Hollawell has seized the opportunity to fill some of the scoring production that was desperately needed.
She hinted at what's in store this winter when she opened the season with a career-high 19 points in a 67-38 win over Raritan. Her meteoric ascent continued at the WOBM Christmas Classic, where she scored at an 18.5 clip over four games and was recognized by being named to the All-Tournament First Team. Hollawell buried five 3-pointers and obliterated her career best with 29 points to power Manasquan past Marlboro, 66-60, in the third-place consolation game at the WOBM and is clicking for 17 points a contest.