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Previous winners

Week 1: Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial
Week 2: Brooke Hollawell, Manasquan
Week 3: Ariana Broughton, Jackson Liberty

A North

Tanya Elsbree, Freehold Twp.

Tanya Elsbree of Freehold Twp. (Photo by Gregg Lerner)
Tanya Elsbree of Freehold Twp. (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

The junior guard hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in regulation to thrust the Patriots (9-3) in front and sealed the outcome with a steal to stamp a 46-45 victory over Trinity Hall on Saturday. Elsbree ended with 15 points, two days after 15 in a 69-46 loss to Marlboro. She is averaging 11.8 points per game.

Kayla Richardson, Middletown South

Kayla Richardson of Middletown South (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Kayla Richardson of Middletown South (Photo by Paula Lopez)

On Saturday, Richardson exhibited how much her versatility can impact a contest. The senior swing picked up 10 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals to power the Eagles (5-3) past Long Branch, 56-48. The showing marked her sixth double double of the season.

A Central

Leah Nolan, Holmdel

The Hornets (6-5) pocketed a pair of wins with Nolan a central figure in both. The 5-10 senior forward struck for 17 points, six boards, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot during a 67-30 decision against Monmouth and accounted for 10 points, five boards, three steals a block and an assist when Holmdel topped Donovan Catholic, 48-36. 

Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic

Justine Pissott of Red Bank Catholic (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Justine Pissott of Red Bank Catholic (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Pissott added more evidence to substantiate her reputation as a lethal streak shooter for the 11-1 Caseys. The 6-2 sophomore guard followed a 15-point effort in a 51-33 victory over Manasquan by draining seven 3-pointers and dropping 21 on St. John’s Prep (NY) on Saturday in a 70-43 triumph at the Say Yes to Success Showcase. 

Paige Slaven, Rumson-Fair Haven

The senior guard is in the midst of a sizzling hot streak, scoring in double figures in each of the last five contests. After delivering 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a win against Shore, Slaven posted a double double on Saturday, complementing 15 points with 10 boards, four assists and four steals to drive the Bulldogs (9-2) over Middletown North, 49-38. On Monday, she scored 11 of her season-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as RFH rallied in the second half to upend St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2), 51-35.

A South

Alexis Voorhess, Brick Memorial 

The 5-8 junior guard (17.2 ppg., 25 3-pointers) has quietly fashioned a stellar campaign for the Mustangs (4-7), one illuminated during a recent two-game winning streak. Voorhees pumped in 18 points to spark Brick Memorial past crosstown rival Brick, 51-44, on Thursday and drilled four threes on her way to netting 23 on Saturday when the Stangs edged Howell, 54-52. 

Ally Vella, Jackson Memorial 

The 5-7 senior guard is subtly carving a niche as a big-time rebounder for the Jaguars. Friday night, Vella pulled down 19 rebounds and dropped in 10 points - both season highs - to drive Jackson Memorial to third straight win, 57-30, over Southern.

B North

Skylar Paris, Matawan

The Huskies (3-8) ended a six-game losing skid with a 53-41 triumph over Brick on Saturday, getting a big lift from their 5-7 junior guard. Paris was electric, supplying 17 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Amaya Evans, Neptune 

Amaya Evans of Neptune (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Amaya Evans of Neptune (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The mercurial sophomore guard sizzled from downtown on Saturday, counting a career-best five 3-pointers among her season-high 25 points as the Scarlet Fliers (7-4) downed Midwood (NY), 63-32, at the Rose Classic to improve to 7-4. 

B Central

Caitlin Wingertzahn, Trinity Hall

Caitlin Wingertzahn of Trinity Hall (Photo by Gregg Lerner)
Caitlin Wingertzahn of Trinity Hall (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

More often recognized for her work in the paint, the 6-1 senior forward revealed her diversity on Friday in helping the Monarchs (8-4) top Mater Dei, 52-32, to gain an inside track toward their second straight B Central title. Wingertzahn canned a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, scored 10 of her game-high 14 before intermission to fuel a 33-10 showing and tacked on five rebounds and three blocked shots. She dropped in 12 points Saturday when Trinity Hall fell to Freehold Twp. in the final seconds, 46-45.

B South

Bridget Dudas, Pinelands 

The 5-8 sophomore forward helped the Wildcats (3-8) halt a four-game losing slump on Saturday. Dudas matched her career high, pouring in 19 points to spark Pinelands past Ocean, 36-32.

Jordyn Keating, Donovan Catholic

The junior guard, one of the Griffins' most reliabel finishers, tagged Jackson Liberty for 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks in a 62-37 victory. She netted nine in a loss to Holmdel and came back on Monday to strike for 14 points, seven boards, two assists and two steals as Donovan Catholic (8-5) rallied past Point Boro, 43-35.

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