LLHoops Neast Beat Players of the Week
Written by: Jon K on Thursday, December 16th, 2021
BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jason Shields (6-5 senior guard) is leading the way for Scranton and has helped the Knights jump out to an undefeated 3-0 start on the season. He scored 22 points in a 69-64 victory over Crestwood, a game that featured a matchup of defending District 2 champions on opening night. He then netted 23 points in a commanding 69-49 road win over Wyoming Valley West on Monday. On Wednesday night, the senior guard connected on 30 points in leading his team to a big first half on their way to a 76-62 win at Old Forge. Over the three wins, Shields was also steady from the free throw line, converting 24 of 30 attempts.
Ryan Ruddy (6-0 senior guard) is a key contributor on a talented North Pocono lineup that has moved out to a 2-0 mark. On opening night, he scored 17 points as the Trojans pulled away in the final period to defeat Greater Nanticoke Area, 65-41, on their home floor. The senior guard then contributed 16 points in a 56-40 victory over highly-regarded Mid Valley. The win featured another NP offensive explosion in the final stanza to secure the win.
GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nadia Evanosky (5-7 senior guard) helped lead Dallas to an impressive 3-0 start. She scored 13 pointed in the opening round of the Mike Duda Memorial Tourney last Saturday before contributing 18 points in Tuesday’s title game against Honesdale to take home the championship trophy with a 67-49 victory over the Lady Hornets. The senior guard then netted 26 points as the Lady Mounts gained a 54-46 win over Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 contender Holy Redeemer.
Kaeli Romanowski (5-5 junior guard) has been playing incredibly well for Western Wayne. She netted 23 points, but the Lady Wildcats came up just short in a 54-52 road loss as tourney host State College rallied in the second half. She then contributed 31 points in the consolation game on Saturday to defeat Linden Hall, 62-41. The talented junior guard had another stellar effort on Tuesday, tallying 30 points in their thrilling double overtime road win over North Schuylkill, 77-76.
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