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Each week for the remainder of the 2021-22 season, Shore Sports Network will recognize some of the top performers in Shore Conference girls basketball and give the SSN readers a chance to pick the best of the best.

All nominees were submitted by their head coaches and any future nominees should be submitted by coaches, via email to kevin.williams@townsquaremedia.com and/or matthew.manley@townsquaremedia.com by Sunday night.

Read about this week's nominees and vote for the one that strikes you as the best pick for overall Player of the Week. The top vote-getter will receive a $25 gift card to the Jersey Mike's.

Vote in the poll at the end of the post once per hour until the poll closes at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

 

Girls Basketball Week 3 Player of the Week Nominees

Bella Bednarz, Keyport

Keyport rolled to a pair of wins over Asbury Park and Henry Hudson, with Bednarz averaging a robust line of 18 points, eight rebounds and 7.5 steals in the two games. She went for 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals vs. Asbury Park, then put up 17 points, five boards and seven steals against the Admirals.

Maddie Bell, Lacey

Lacey ran its record to 6-2 with two wins last week, with Bell helping pace her team in both. The senior put up 10 points and seven rebounds in a win over Brick and followed it up with 18 points and seven boards to help Lacey beat Barnegat.

Olivia Conroy, Donovan Catholic

Donovan Catholic continued its strong start to the season with two more wins last week and both were significant. Conroy was crucial in both, logging eight points and 10 rebounds in a showcase win over Montville and then going for 18 points and six rebounds to help the Griffins top Class B South rival Manchester.

Sarah Hughes, Ranney

Hughes put up a strong statistical showing this week with performance by averaging 14.5 points over two games, but it was her individual performance and one particular shot that gets her recognition this week. The junior guard put up 21 points and five rebounds and hit the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds left in, perhaps, the biggest win in Ranney program history – a 50-48 win at Rumson-Fair Haven.

Lauren Lacey, Wall

After her teammate, Emily Tvrdik, took home Player of the Week honors last week, Lacey will try to make it 2-for-2 for the Crimson Knights after a big week of her own. The senior was all over the glass in wins over Point Boro and Middletown North, grabbing 13 rebounds in each game. In the Wall win over Point Boro, Lacey also scored 23 points and dished out four assists to go with the baker’s dozen on the boards.

Alexandra Loucopolous, Holmdel

Holmdel flexed its muscles with three impressive wins last week and Loucopolous was locked in during each of them. The versatile junior scored 15 points to go with 10 rebounds and three assists in a in over Trinity Hall, then followed it up with 13 points and six rebounds in helping the Hornets beat Toms River North. Loucopolous closed out the week by going for 21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks in a weekend win over Shore.

Zoie Maffei, Jackson Memorial

In two games last week, Maffei surpassed 20 points twice in helping Jackson Memorial pick up a pair of non-divisional wins over Hightstown and Colts Neck. The 5-foot-10 junior poured in 21 points against the Rams on Wednesday and one-upped herself on Saturday with 22 points against Colts Neck.

Justine Pissott, Red Bank Catholic

Pissott helped Red Bank Catholic overpower a pair of divisional opponents during the week, then capped then capped the week with 18 points and 18 rebounds in the Caseys’ win over Abington – a Top 10 team in Pennsylvania. Before the big double-double in the high-profile win, Pissott scored 17 points in a win over Raritan and 22 in a rout of Matawan.

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