Shore Conference Week 6 Girls Basketball Player of the Week (Jan. 28 to Feb. 1)

Previous winners
Week 1: Jac Ward, Southern
Week 2: Shelby Barksdale, Mater Dei
Week 3: Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial
Week 4: Hannah Orloff, Freehold Twp.
Week 5: Nicole Platten, Toms River East

Poll closes Thursday at 10 pm

A North Player of the Week

Gisella Romeo, Marlboro (Sr. G 5-7)

Gisella Romeo of Marlboro (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Gisella Romeo of Marlboro (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Romeo is modest contributor in the nightly 3-point clinics conducted by the Mustangs, sitting sixth on the team in that department with 20 trey. Her impact is greater felt seeking seams to the rim, a path she often carved last week. She counted just one three among her 17 points in a 57-42 win over Long Branch and hit another during a 22-point performance that paced the Mustangs past Middletown South, 61-49.

Wild Cards

Jessica O’Brien, Howell (Sr. G 5-7)

After scoring a dozen to help the Rebels squeeze past Mater Dei, 54-51, the senior playmaker dropped 18 to go with four steals, three assists and a block in a 53-48 verdict against Long Branch. O’Brien added 17 on Saturday when Howell fell to Jackson Memorial, 62-50.

Anyssa Fields, Long Branch (Jr. G/F 6-0)

The Green Wave continues to play with grit and a competitive fire, stoked by the versatile junior. Fields collected 15 points, 12 boards, two assists and two steals as Long Branch outlasted Ocean, 43-41, and flipped in a season-high 25 in a 53-48 setback to Howell.

Honorable Mention: Beth Grossman, Freehold; Hannah Orloff, Freehold Twp.; Lindsay Lloyd, Freehold Twp.; Caitlin Gresko, Howell, Grace Leary, Howell; Sol Margaret Navarro, Long Branch; Jada Rogers, Long Branch; Lauren Bruno, Manalapan; Jessica Riepe, Marlboro; Kayla Richardson, Middletown South.

A Central Player of the Week

Makayla Andrews, St, Rose (Sr. G 5-10)

Makayla Andrews of St. Rose (Photo by Gregg Lerner)
Makayla Andrews of St. Rose (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

Gradually integrating into the St. Rose system since becoming eligible on Jan. 14, Andrews became a full-fledged Purple Rose on Friday night. She depositing pivotal buckets during a second-half run and finished with 13 points to help secure a 57-46 victory over Manasquan. Andrews opened the week with a season-high 22 in a win over Rumson-Fair Haven and added 13 on Sunday when the Roses suffered their first loss at Rutgers Prep, 66-51.

Wild Cards

Teyonce Wilson, Monmouth (Sr. G 5-5)

Wilson celebrated Senior Night in Tinton Falls in style. Twenty-four hours after leaving Tuesday night’s loss to Manasquan early on after suffering a cut above her left eye, the senior came back on Wednesday with a clear vision, pumping in 16 points, dishing out three assists and picking up two steals as the Falcons ended their 18-game losing streak by picking up their first win of the season, 46-27, over Henry Hudson.

Sophia Sabino, Red Bank Catholic (So. G 5-9)

The Caseys’ point guard backed 13 points in a win over Monmouth by erupted for a career-high 24 - fueled by four 3-pointers - to power RBC over Xaverian (NY), 71-51, on Saturday.

Honorable Mention: Leah Nolan, Holmdel; Olivia Palmer, Holmdel; Lola Mullaney, Manasquan; Jordan Hyman, Raritan; Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic; Ally Carman, Red Bank Catholic; Cortland McBarron, Rumson-Fair Haven; Sophia Passalaqua, Rumson-Fair Haven; Abby Antognoli, St. Rose; Brynn Farrell, St. Rose; Madison LaRosa, Shore.

A South Player of the Week

Rachel Capua, Jackson Memorial (So. G 5-8)

Capua has put together a stellar sophomore season (13.6 ppg.), scoring in double figures in each of the last eight games. It’s no coincidence the Jaguars have simultaneously gone on an eight-game win streak to parallel her success. She accounted for 19 points, seven boards and three steals in a 48-33 triumph against Toms River, had 12 points and seven rebounds in the Jags’ 54-40 victory over Toms River South and added 18 points, four boards and two assists on Saturday, helping Jackson Memorial down Howell, 62-50.

Wild Cards

Jac Ward, Southern (Sr. G)

Jac Ward of Southern (Photo by Gregg Lerner)
Jac Ward of Southern (Photo by Gregg Lerner)

The exemplary leader at the point for the Rams, Ward allows her diverse actions speak for themselves. On Tuesday, she picked up 19 points, six assists, five steals, four rebounds and a block to lead Southern over Central, 44-36, and supplied 17 points, five boards, five assists, three steals and a rejection on Saturday to engineer a 59-57 overtime triumph against Atlantic City. In between, she scored 15 with six rebounds and three assists during a 54-36 loss to Toms River North.

Jenna Paul, Toms River North (Sr. F 5-10)

Make it five straight games in which Paul has clicked for 20 or more points. After scoring 26 on Monday to power the Mariners over Brick Memorial, she scored 28 in a victory against Southern and deposited 28 again on Friday, part of a 56-47 win over Pennington that stamped coach Vicki Gillen’s 300th career win.

Honorable Mention: Sonja Andersen, Brick, Emma Carpino, Brick; Ella Moore, Brick Memorial; Mercedes Corbin, Central; Bianca Giordano, Jackson Memorial; Kristina Donza, Jackson Memorial; Dani Evans, Jackson Memorial; Kaela Curtin, Southern; Sam Del Rio, Southern; Kamryn Lister, Toms River East; Brielle Bisogno, Toms River North; Shiloh Williams, Toms River South; Madsion Braun, Toms River South.

B North Player of the Week

Olivia Cerbo, Middletown North (Jr. F 5-8)

Cerbo chose the ideal time to produce a season-high 16 points, draining a pair of threes to key the Lions’ 44-43 upset of Colts Neck, a squad that hung a 61-32 loss on Middletown North on Jan. 4.

Wild Cards

Macy Brackett, Neptune (Jr. F 5-8)

The elder stateswoman amid a young and improving lineup, Bracket has given the underclassmen a template to emulate. She pumped in 20 points and cleared 17 boards as Neptune topped Wall and was responsible for 13 points and 19 rebounds in a tough 48-43 loss to Red Bank, marking her third straight double-double.

Morgan Bartlett, Ocean (Sr. F)

Averaging 13.7 points per game, Bartlett kicked it up a notch. Her 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals fueled a 42-29 victory against Matawan on Tuesday and, two nights later, she picked up 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and a block as the Spartans fell short opposite Long Branch, 43-41. Bartlett got Ocean back on the winning track on Friday, posting a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 48-39 win over Wall.

Meghan Murray, Red Bank (Sr. G 5-10)

Meghan Murray of Red Bank (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Meghan Murray of Red Bank (Photo by Paula Lopez)

The athletic senior with a nose for the rim converted 10 free throws en route to 22 points and backed her offense with eight steals to steer the Bucs past Neptune, 48-43. She accounted for 15 points on Tuesday in a 55-33 loss to No. 1 St. John Vianney.

Sajada Bonner, St. John Vianney (Sr. F 6-0)

Bonner has scored no less than 11 points over the last nine games. She had 18 points, seven boards and two assists to point the top-ranked Lady Lancers in the direction of a 55-33 win versus Red Bank and scored a team-high 12 with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 57-34 victory against Colts Neck that ran SJV’s win streak to 10.

Honorable Mention: Eva Gibson, Colts Neck; Camryn Foltz, Colts Neck; Gianna Aiello, Matawan, Khoryn Bannis, Matawan; Victoria Palladino, Middletown North; Amaya Evans, Neptune, Ahjanae Young, Neptune; Bette Bradley, Ocean; Rahmena Henderson, St. John Vianney; Brelynn Bellamy, St. John Vianney; Nikki Russo, Wall; Abby Nonnenberg, Wall.

B Central Player of the Week

Carleigh Burns, Point Beach (Sr. G)

With sizzling touch along the perimeter, Burns scored a pair of defenses last week. She drained four triples and pumped in a career-high 29 points in a 51-24 win over Lakewood and sank three more jumpers from beyond the three-point line en route to netting 24 in a losing cause against Mater Dei.

Wild Cards

Katie Zoda, Mater Dei (Jr. G)

Most often recognized for the damage she does firing from behind the arc, Zoda (44 3-pointers) made it a point last week to confirm she is equally dangerous attacking the rim. She netted 12 in a 54-51 loss to Howell which snapped a three-game win streak and sank 15 on Thursday when the Seraphs bounced back with a 49-43 win over Point Beach.

Caitlin Wingertzahn, Trinity Hall (Jr. F 6-1)

The 6-1 junior exemplified some of her finest qualities as well as an ability to control play in the paint at both ends of the court. She picked up 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a decision over Ranney and had 15 points, 10 boards, four blocks and a steal as the Monarchs ran their win streak to four via a 58-30 showing against Keyport.

Honorable Mention: Shannon Forbes, Henry Hudson; Alyssa Castera, Keansburg; Alexis Breen, Keyport; Cassidy Burns, Point Beach; Brooke Schmelz, Ranney; Lily Blumenkrantz, Ranney.

B South Player of the Week

Destiny Adams, Manchester (So. G 6-3)

Destiny Adams of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)
Destiny Adams of Manchester (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Her dependable versatility was influential in a pair of B South victories. Adams provided 17 points and 10 boards - her fifth double-double of the season - as well as three assists, a steal and a rejection during a 77-32 victory against Point Boro. She came back with 15 points, five boards and three blocks to help the Hawks soar over Barnegat, 63-35.

Jada Baker, Barnegat (Sr. F 5-9)

She may be a Baker, but the senior is also quite the glazier. Baker ripped down 21 rebounds to complement 15 points, six assists and three blocks as the Bengals edged Lacey, 53-48. She more than held her own against the formidable front line of Manchester on Thursday, collecting 14 boards and eight points during a 63-35 setback.

Honorable Mention: Jada Baker, Barnegat; Sydney Boyer, Barnegat; Jayda Kearney, Donovan Catholic; Paige Slaven, Donovan Catholic; Karolina Jarusevicute, Donovan Catholic; Jordyn Keating, Donovan Catholic; Maura Carney, Lacey; Allie Toth, Lacey; Hailey Ocskasy, Lacey; Aysha Diawara, Lakewood; Kemari Reynolds, Manchester; Leilani Correa, Manchester; Dakota Adams, Manchester; D’Anna Capriotti, Pinelands; Allie Delaney, Point Boro; Lila Shaver, Point Boro;

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