It has been a rough season for the Keyport girls basketball team but last week provided some good news following an 0-8 start.  The young Red Raiders collected a pair of close victories over Asbury Park and a big reason why was sophomore Isabella Bednarz who collected double-doubles in both victories.  She also has picked up the Burger 25 Player of the Week award thanks to strong support from the Keyport program and community.

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In a 39-35 victory over Asbury Bednarz collected 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and two days later she powered her way to 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Red Raiders pulled out a 39-36 victory.  For the season she is averaging just over 6 points and 10 rebounds a game and while those numbers might not sound impressive they are when you consider as a team averages less than 20 points a game.

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Coach Deboney Braithwaite said "Bella is a fierce athlete who isn't afraid to step into whatever role is necessary for our team's success.  Our team feeds off of her energy on the court."  With only two seniors on the team the talented sophomore forward will be counted on to provide leadership and more next season which is why Braithwaite added, "We look forward to seeing her continued growth without our program over the next two years."

Isabella received nearly 43% of the vote to easily outdistance Emma Moriarty of Red Bank. For her efforts, she receives a $25 gift card from Burger 25 of Toms River which will require a bit of a road trip but is well worth the effort.

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