BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Da’mir Faison (6-5 senior forward) has been a major catalyst in helping to turn a late January slump into a possible February championship run for Hazleton Area. He netted 14 points in a 75-43 win over Wyoming Valley West last Friday. The next night, during a nostalgic final meeting against Wilkes-Barre Coughlin, the senior playmaker connected for 24 points in a 61-34 victory over the Crusaders. Then, in Tuesday’s marquee showdown against top rival Crestwood, the 1,000 point scorer erupted for 28 points as the Cougars held on for a 56-50 win. Thursday night, Faison scored 18 points as HA held onto first place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 with a runaway 69-32 win at Pittston Area.
Kieran Burrier (5-10 junior guard) is one of several key players that has helped put Holy Cross in position to win another Lackawanna League Division 3 crown. In a 66-44 win over Old Forge last week, he contributed 15 points. On Friday, in another rugged battle with Lakeland, the junior guard put up another 15 points. Then, in a matchup against a steadily-improving Carbondale squad on Tuesday, Burrier netted 17 points with 3 triples to lead the Crusaders to their 5th straight win.
GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Madison Borum (6-1 senior center) has been an inside force for Lake-Lehman and has the Black Knights right in the middle of the uber-competitive Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 race. In crossover victories, she scored 11 points in their 64-19 win over Hanover Area and then added 8 in a 63-25 win over MMI Prep. In Monday’s 68-28 win over Tunkhannock, the senior center netted 17 points. Then, in a big matchup against Berwick on Wednesday which also had district playoff implications, Borum used her height advantage to contribute 18 points as the Lack Knights topped the Lady Dawgs 48-38.
Jenna Montana (5-6 junior guard) is one of several key contributors on the incredibly balanced, win-by-committee North Pocono lineup. She scored 11 points as the Lady Trojans won a 45-40 crossover game over Scranton last week. She then hit 8 points in each of a pair of division wins over Honesdale (45-34) and Delaware Valley (56-24). In Thursday’s showdown against first place Wallenpaupack, the junior guard hit 11 points as North Pocono got the 47-32 win pulling them within a game of first place in Lackawanna League Division 2 action.