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Shore Sports Network Girls Basketball Player of the Week
NJSIAA Tournament Edition

Previous winners

Anyssa Fields, Long Branch

The Green Wave (17-6) posted its first winning season since 1996 and Fields was a driving force. Her 25 points and 21 rebounds powered Long Branch past Old Bridge, 50-38, in the opening round of the Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament and the 6-0 senior guard picked up 17 points and 17 boards in a 59-40 loss to Montgomery in the quarterfinals, marking her 19th double-double of the year.

Kayla Richardson, Middletown South

Kayla Richardson of Middletown South (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Her court leadership, diversity and heady awareness pushed Middletown South (15-11) to the semifinal stage of Central Jersey, Group 4. The 5-10 senior swing had 11 points, six steals, three blocks and three assists in an opening-round triumph over North Brunswick and backed that up with 14 points, six assists, three blocks and a steal as the Eagles topped Freehold Twp., 56-50, in the quarterfinals. Richardson put the finishing touches on a four-year stay with 22 points and 10 boards as the Eagles bowed to Hillsborough, 49-44, in the section semis.

Brooke Hollawell, Manasquan

Brooke Hollawell of Manasquan (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Raising her game to match the intensity of the post season, Hollawell was a pivotal figure in the Warriors (21-10) claiming their seventh straight Central Jersey, Group 2 title. The 5-7 sophomore guard clicked for 17 points in wins over Delaware Valley and Holmdel and saved her best for the last, sinking five 3-pointers en route to 23 points in a 49-39 victory over Rumson-Fair Haven in the sectional final.

Lucy Alberici, Raritan

The 12th-seeded Rockets (10-15) were the upstarts of Central Jersey, Group 2, taking out fifth-seeded Metuchen and fourth-seeded South River before bowing to top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven in the semifinals. Alberici was the fuel in the Rockets' ignition. She poured in a career-high 33 against Metuchen to go with eight rebounds, posted a double-double by dropping 17 points and clearing a dozen boards against South River and accounted for 16 points in a 70-30 loss to RFH.

Makayla Andrews, St. Rose

Makayla Andrews of St. Rose (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The defending Non-Public A champion was on the verge of an early exit, trailing host Paul VI by 17 in the fourth quarter of the South Jersey quarterfinals. Andrews stamped an improbably comeback with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation and totaled 27 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and a steal as St. Rose (22-7) rallied for a 90-80 double-overtime victory. She's averaged 17.6 points in three tournament wins.

Amaya Evans, Neptune

Amaya Evans of Neptune (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The Scarlet Fliers (18-9) got a backcourt boost from the 5-3 sophomore, who, along with Ahjanae Young, provided balance to complement the interior work of Macy Brackett. Evans popped in team-high 22 in a win over Matawan in the first round of Central Jersey, Group 3, worked both ends with 15 points, five steals and four rebounds as Neptune toppled Allentown, 60-31, and supplied 12 points and seven boards as the Fliers clipped Jackson Liberty, 51-40, to reach the sectional final.

Madison St. Rose, St. John Vianney

Madison St. Rose of St. John Vianney (Photo by Richard O'Donnell)

The scintillating 5-9 sophomore guard has scored in double figures for 25 consecutive games. In the quarterfinal round of South Jersey, Non-Public A, St. Rose had 19 points, five steals and four rebounds during an 18-point win over Immaculata and finished with 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and three blocks Monday night as the Lancers (27-1) clipped St. Thomas Aquinas, 50-43, to set up a championship showdown with defending champion St. Rose.

Destiny Adams, Manchester

Destiny Adams of Manchester (Photo by Richard O'Donnell)

Adams has flexed her muscle inside while pacing the Hawks (27-4) to their fourth straight South Jersey, Group 2 championship. She averaged 15.2 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in four victories to balance her 16.5 scoring rate in the tournament. She punctuated the title march with 21 points and 23 rebounds Monday night during a 52-39 decision over Middle Twp. in the final. Up next, a meeting with Manasquan in the Group 2 state semifinals.

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