Terrific Senior Class in Girls Hoops

Terrific Senior Class in Girls Hoops Terrific senior class in South Jersey Girls basketball

Looking at The Philadelphia Inquirer’s all-South Jersey girls basketball team just reinforced what a great senior class there was in the area.

Four of the five first-team choices were seniors. The lone junior, Gloucester Catholic’s frontcourt standout Mary Gedaka, is already among the state’s best players and is part of an overall great first-team.

As for the seniors, they were players who came from winning programs, with three of the four leading their team to South Jersey titles.

The four seniors were Player of the Year Brittany Martin of Timber Creek, Lauren Holden of Lower Cape May, Jada Atchinson of Burlington City, and Nikola Williams of Shawnee.

Of the four, Atchinson missed the final two weeks of the season due to a foot injury. Burlington City would have been considered a contender in South Jersey Group 1 with Atchinson. As it is, the Blue Devils lost a close 69-67 second round game to Wildwood.

The other three seniors ended up as sectional champions.

Shawnee’s Williams helped lead the Renegades to a second straight South Jersey Group 4 title. Williams was known for coming up big in the most pressurized games, a trait she shared with her fellow all-South Jersey performers.

During Shawnee’s 49-38 South Jersey Group 4 championship win over rival Lenape, she scored a game-high 18 points. She averaged more than 16 points as a senior, but more than anything, was a leader who brought a winning edge to the Renegades.

Timber Creek’s Martin helped the Chargers earn their first sectional title with a 60-51 win over defending state Group 3 champion Woodrow Wilson. In the title game, Martin had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. For good measure, she also added five assists.

Martin averaged more than 20 points per game as a senior, and finished her career with a school-record 1,851 points.

She has earned a scholarship to Quinnipiac, where Martin will play for South Jersey product Trica Fabbri, who starred at Delran when she was known as Tricia Sacca, of one of the great athletic families in South Jersey.

Lower Cape May’s Holden had one of her best performances in the Tigers’ 58-55 South Jersey Group 2 title win over Sterling. She scored 35 points against a strong defensive Sterling team.

A guard, Holden averaged 26.3 points per game and was especially strong against the better teams. In a 46-36 South Jersey semifinal win over Middle Township, she scored 27 points.

She has earned a scholarship to Fordham.

Gedeka has already committed to Villanova and she will be the leader of what should be another strong senior class next season.

And this year’s senior class has set the bar extremely high for next year’s seniors to emulate.

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