Girls Basketball: Vote for the Player of the Week
Vote for SSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week - Poll closes 10pm Wednesday
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
Caitlin Gresko, Howell
The 5-10 junior forward, who is averaging 11.9 points per game and 6.3 rebounds a game, was instrumental in the 20th-seeded Rebels springing an opening-round upset in the Shore Conference Tournament. Gresko dumped in 23 points, took down seven boards and rejected two shots during a 57-53 victory over 13th-seeded Colts Neck.
Anyssa Fields, Long Branch
Fields picked up her fifth straight double-double by collecting 13 points and 18 boards to go with four assists, three steals and two blocks when the 10th-seeded Green Wave eliminated 23rd-seeded Southern, 42-34, and accounted for 20 points, nine rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block on Thursday in a 62-55 setback to seventh-seeded Red Bank in the Round of 16.
Ally Carman, Red Bank Catholic
The literal centerpiece in the third-seeded Caseys’ halfcourt offense, the 6-4 sophomore pivot paced a balanced scoring effort in the Round of 16 with a dozen points in a 69-19 triumph against 14th-seeded Trinity Hall. On Saturday, she was integral to a second-half comeback, scoring six of her 11 points after the break as RBC wiped out a 23-13 halftime deficit to upend sixth-seeded Manasquan, 44-41 in the quarterfinals. She has scored in double figures in each of the last four contests.
Grace Munt, Rumson-Fair Haven
The 5-10 junior swing, who missed the first 20 games while recovering from injury, returned to the lineup for the fifth-seeded Bulldogs and made an instant impact. She stroked four threes and finished with 16 points and six rebounds in a 78-50 win over 12th-seeded Neptune and finished with 14 on Saturday when RFH bowed to fourth-seeded St. Rose, 72-41, in the quarters.
Abby Antognoli, St. Rose
The mercurial 5-7 junior is the unsung pacesetter for the fourth-seed Purple Roses, who have put together their most cohesive basketball at the right time of the season with five consecutive wins. In the Round of 16, she complemented 11 points with five assists, two steals, two boards and hounding on-the-ball defense in a 77-37 victory against 20th-seeded Howell and collected 16 points, 10 boards, six steals and five assists on Saturday to engineer a convincing 72-41 decision over fifth-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven.
Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial
The 5-9 senior guard, who is committed to Navy, has bordered on unstoppable for the Jags Not only did she match a career-high with 37 points in a 89-42 win against 24th-seeded Point Beach, Donza surpassed Hannah Missry to become Jackson Memorial’s all-time leading scorer with 1,706 points. She accounted for 30 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double on Thursday when the ninth-seeded Jaguars bowed to eighth-seeded Marlboro, 73-61, to end their 15-game winning streak.
Emily Maire, Toms River East
Maire fueled the 17th-seeded Raiders to a 52-44 victory over 16th-seeded Donovan Catholic by hitting a season-high four 3-pointers en route to netting a career-best 22 points as well as 11 rebounds in the opening round. The 5-9 senior forward accounted for 13 points on Thursday in a 72-33 loss to top-seeded St. John Vianney and had 12 points and five boards one night later as East topped Jackson Liberty, 50-34.
Taylor Crystian, Red Bank
Crystian flipped in 11 points in the opening round as the seventh-seeded Bucs topped 26th-seeded Lacey, 65-30, poured in a team-high 18 while grabbing five boards and picking up two steals in a 62-55 triumph against 10th-seeded Long Branch in the Round of 16 and was responsible for 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals on Saturday when Red Bank gave second-seeded and defending SCT champion Manchester all it could handle in a 64-61 quarterfinal loss.
Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney
The sensational 5-9 sophomore guard has been a picture of consistency for the top-ranked Lady Lancers. St. Rose finished with 19 points, 11 steals, seven rebounds and seven assists as top-seeded SJV downed 17th-seeded Toms River East, 72-33, and delivered 18 points, six boards, three assists and two steals on Saturday in a thorough 67-25 showing against eight-seeded Marlboro in the SCT quarterfinals.
Emma Bradley, Trinity Hall
Carrying the heavy burden of giving the 14th-seeded Monarchs frontcourt presence in light of the absence of senior forward Caitlin Wingertzahn, the junior responded with favorably, delivering 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals to vault Trinity Hall over 19th-seeded Freehold Twp., 42-38, in the opening round. The win avenged a 46-45 loss to the Patriots on Jan. 18.
Destiny Adams, Manchester
The second-seeded Hawks embarked on defense of their SCT crown with a pair of impressive victories and the 6-3 junior forward was at the forefront of both. Adams popped for 30 points and 17 rebounds in a 64-61 quarterfinal victory over seventh-seed Red Bank, two days after providing 23 points, 13 boards, four steals, two blocks and an assist to key a 61-38 triumph over 18th-seeded Middletown South.