Girls Basketball Player of the Week: Lucy Alberici, Raritan
Shore Sports Network Girls Basketball Player of the Week
Week 1: Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial
Week 2: Brooke Hollawell, Manasquan
Week 3: Ariana Broughton, Jackson Liberty
Week 4: Ally Vella, Jackson Memorial
Week 5: Macy Brackett, Neptune
Week 6: Rylee Drahos, Shore
Week 7: Jessica Riepe, Marlboro
Week 8: Olivia Conroy, Donovan Catholic
Week 9: Emily Maire, Toms River East
Week 10: Serenity Anderson, Manchester
It's no secret. Raritan absorbs its fair share of lumps in the unforgiving A Central of the Shore Conference, a gritty Group 2 program that has to test its mettle against the likes of perennial state powers Red Bank Catholic, St. Rose, Manasquan and Rumson-Fair Haven twice a season as well as grueling matchups with Holmdel and Shore.
The division is no place for the faint of heart but it does carry some benefits. The Rockets can hone their craft against premier competition, knowing that when they encounter opponents from out of the area come time for the NJSIAA state tournament, the competition will be no match when compared against what they've already endured.
Lucy Alberici exemplified the type of dividends hatched from a trying schedule. The 5-6 junior guard was the offensive fuel that fired the upstart Rockets to the semifinal round of Central Jersey, Group 2, where their magical run came to a close in a loss to RFH.
Alberici, who averaged a telling 15.2 points per game this season, is the Shore Sports Network Girls Basketball Player of the Week and will receive a $25 gift card to Surf Taco.
She opened the tournament by dropping a career-high 33 points as 12th-seeded Raritan bounced fifth-seeded Metuchen, 70-46, in the opening round. Her performance also included eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
In the quarterfinal stage, she posted a double-double, hanging 17 points and 12 boards on fourth-seeded South River during a 42-34 triumph and finished up her run by accounting for 16 points in the semifinals when Raritan bowed to Rumson-Fair Haven, 70-30.