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Vote for Shore Conference Player of the Week

Previous Winners
Week 1: Brooke Hollawell, Manasquan
Week 2: Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial

A North

Tanya Elsbree, Freehold Twp.

The junior guard (11.2 ppg.) was instrumental in the Patriots (8-2) picking up three wins last week. She accounted for 11 points in wins over Manalapan and Sayreville and, in between, attacked the basket with a zest that repeatedly earned her trips to the line, where she sank 11 free throws en route to finishing with 16 points in a 55-42 win over Southern. 

Dani Schlesinger, Marlboro

Schlesinger (10.9 ppg., 13 3-pointers) has been at the forefront of a five-game win streak fashioned by the Mustangs (8-2). During that span, the 5-9 junior guard has clicked for 13.6 points a contest and nine 3-pointers. She deposited 16 on Monday in a 74-57 road win at Middletown South.

A Central

Ally Carman, Red Bank Catholic

Who benefits more from the barrage of 3-pointers the Caseys (9-1) hit more than Carman (14.2 ppg.)? She might not be a part of the perimeter party, but the 6-4 sophomore pivot has certainly taken advantage of the space inside vacated by defenders pressing out to the arc. She dropped in 14 field goals on course to a career-high 29 points in a 77-30 victory over Raritan, was responsible for 12 points in RBC’s 35-23 triumph against Lenape on Saturday and made the most of her limited time on the floor Monday, scoring 14 when RBC topped Monmouth.

Paige Slaven, Rumson-Fair Haven

The senior guard pumped in a season-high 18 points on Saturday to lead the Bulldogs (6-2) past Bishop Eustace and did that one better on Monday. Her layup at the buzzer stamped a 19-point effort and lifted RFH over Holmdel, 49-48. In those two contests, Slaven also collected nine rebounds and nine assists.

A South

Rachel Capua, Jackson Memorial

The Jaguars (7-2) are on the prowl due in part to what Capua (19.5 ppg., 26 3-pointers). The 5-8 junior guard was dialed in from behind the arc on Monday, canning seven threes on her way to a career-high 32 points and added 11 boards, four steals, two assists and a block in an 81-47 showing against Donovan Catholic. Capua struck for 21 on Tuesday as Jackson Memorial downed Toms River South. 

Summer Davis, Southern

The 5-7 sophomore guard (9.3 ppg.) continues to carve a niche and deliver for the Rams (5-4). On Tuesday, she was instrumental in a 54-49 victory over Toms River North, striking for a career-high 19 points to go with three rebounds, three steals and an assist.

B North

Caitlyn Decker, Red Bank

Decker handles a good portion of the dirty work for the Bucs (8-2). A hard-nosed defender with quick, dispossessing hands, the 5-5 junior guard can also mix it up under the glass and deliver the heady pass. She did all that and then some on Tuesday, providing a career-high 22 points, including 12 in the decisive fourth quarter, six rebounds, five assists and five steals to push Red Bank past Neptune, 51-44. She went 12 of 16 from the foul line.

Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney

The elusive 5-9 sophomore guard (16.3 ppg.) had blossomed into the offensive catalyst for the unbeaten Lady Lancers (9-0). On Saturday, she poured in a career-best 27 points in addition to four rebounds, four assists and three steals as SJV took down Washington Twp., 57-34. St. Rose recorded her first double-double on Monday, backing 12 points with a dozen boards, five assists and three steals in a 58-28 victory over Colts Neck.

Bette Bradley, Ocean

The 5-11 senior forward (11.2 ppg.) has been a reliable force in the paint for the Spartans (3-7). She provided a season-best 17 points and nine rebounds to push Ocean past Matawan, 40-38, in overtime and finished with 14 points and eight boards Monday in a 50-39 loss to Wall.

B Central

Tyasia Cooper, Asbury Park

The Blue Bishops have quietly fashioned a 4-4 mark, already surpassing their win total from a year ago when they finished 3-21. Cooper deserves some of the credit. Her explosiveness was evident on Thursday, when she poured in 38 points - the highest offensive output by a player in the Shore Conference so far this season - in a 58-42 loss to Point Beach.

Alyssa Curry, Henry Hudson

One of the Admirals’ more dependable rebounders, the senior swing showed she can go more than just clean glass. On Tuesday, Curry flipped in 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and added a steal to drive Henry Hudson (4-5) past Ranney, 45-34. 

Cassidy Burns, Point Beach

The junior forward (15.2 ppg.) paces the Garnet Gulls’ offense, as she did in back-to-back wins against Barnegat and Asbury Park. She netted 17 points in each and came out firing on Tuesday night, pumping in a season-high 26 in a loss to Mater Dei. 

B South

Ariana Broughton, Jackson Liberty

The Lions (7-2) are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak and the 5-5 freshman guard has been a vital contributor. She registered consecutive double-doubles, the second featuring 15 points and 14 rebounds in a 48-29 win against Ocean. Her knack for finding space to compete on the boards is reaping 8.8 boards a game. 

Sarah Zimmerman, Lacey

The 5-8 sophomore forward definitely has a zest for challenging inside for Lacey (4-5). Zimmerman is bringing down a shade under 10 rebounds a game and has five double-doubles on her resume, including a career-high 33 points and 11 boards on Tuesday in a 63-51 overtime loss to Donovan Catholic. She dropped in 20 points and gathered 14 boards in the Lions’ 44-38 triumph against Barnegat.

Gen Fara, Point Boro

The athletic 5-6 sophomore is becoming increasingly more assertive on the floor. She complemented 14 points with 14 rebounds in a 50-45 setback to Toms River South on Saturday and followed up with 12 points and 11 boards on Tuesday when the Panthers (3-6) ended a three-game losing skid by topping Pinelands, 40-24.

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