Wall, NJ Freshman Earns Weekly Basketball Honor
It used to be a rare sight for a freshman to make an immediate impact on a varsity girls basketball team but that has changed in recent years. Take for example Wall’s Shayne Eldridge who not only has been a starter from game one but is this week’s Shore Sports Network/Burger 25 Player of the Week.
The young guard scored 9 points in her varsity debut on February 3rd against Neptune and the next night had 18 (including four 3’s) against the Scarlet Fliers. That “career high” did not last long as Eldridge poured in 24 points in a win over Point Pleasant Beach to cap a week in which she averaged 17 points and just over two assists per game. She also showed her skills from long range with seven 3-pointers in those three games.
Eldridge was a clear winner in the voting, garnering 57% with Maura Carney of Jackson Liberty a distant second. The freshman receives a $25 gift card from Burger 25 of Toms River for earning the weekly honor.
Adams, Antognoli & St. Rose Off to Blazing Starts
Destiny Adams of Manchester and St. Rose’s Abby Antognoli are 1-2 among the Shore Conference’s top scorers and ranked among the top ten in the state. Adams is averaging nearly 28 points per game for the Hawks (5-1) along with 17 rebounds per game, which tops the shore and is third in the state. The University of North Carolina commit also leads her team in assists and is simply the most dominating player at the shore.
With Brynn Farrell graduating Antognoli has had to become more of a scorer for the Purple Roses and she has done just that averaging 25 points per game through the first five games of the season. The 5’7 senior guard and Lafayette College commit continues to be an all-around player who leads the team in assists and grabs rebounds as well. Antognoli is not only a standout on the court but she shines brightly in the classroom as last week she was announced as the Class of 2021 Valedictorian.
Right behind those two is St. John Vianney junior Madison St. Rose whose 24 points per game leads the top team in the shore and state. Vianney has opened the season by sweeping games from top ten programs Rumson-Fair Haven and Holmdel and should get its toughest test when they host powerful Saddle River Day on Saturday.
Jackson Memorial is off to a 3-0 start but had its program paused as the high school has gone to all-virtual learning through February 19th due to a COVID-19 outbreak.�� The Jaguars had four games scheduled during this period (Brick, Donovan Catholic, Lakewood, and Manchester) and hopefully some can be made up. Jackson features a dynamic backcourt in seniors Rachel Capua and Rancocas Valley transfer Alexis Linton, who needs just 55 points for 1,000 in her career. Capua reached that milestone as a junior.
Don’t tell Isabel “Izzy” Guiro that you have to focus on one sport to be successful. The Barnegat High School junior is averaging nearly 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists a game for the Bengals. Izzy is also a standout soccer and lacrosse player who earned MVP honors for both programs. Just inducted into the school’s National Honor Society she carries a 4.06GPA and is an NJSIAA Student Ambassador.
Point Pleasant Beach has won five of its first six games with their lone loss coming against Wall. Seniors Allison House (15.5ppg), Cassidy Burns (7.2ppg) and Kristen Ohlinger (6.5) have been leading the Garnett Gulls who use a host of players on a nightly basis including sophomores and freshman.