LLHoops Neast Beat Players of the Week
Written by: Jon K on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
George Tinsley (6-5 junior forward), one part of a key trio of returning starters, has Abington Heights poised to contend in league, district, and statewide play this season. He started out with a hot hand, connecting on 5 triples and 25 points in a 72-32 opening night win over Holy Cross. Tinsley then matched that total in a 77-55 victory over Wyoming Valley West. In a road trip against Williamsport, he hit 17 points in the Comets’ 71-55 win. Then, last Saturday at a Northampton CC showcase event, despite his team struggling from inside the paint early on, the junior added a dozen points in a 60-55 loss to Downingtown East. Tuesday night, the versatile forward netted 18 (including a pair of treys) in a 55-26 win over a highly-regarded Holy Redeemer squad.
Mike Piscotty (senior guard) has Hanover Area off to a 4-0 start. He scored 19 points in their 59-58 tip-off victory over Pittston Area. He then added 22 points as the Hawkeyes defeated Wilkes-Barre Coughlin, 51-43. In their always-contested and emotional battle with rival Nanticoke Area, the senior netted 18 points in a big 52-49 win over the Trojans. Finally, Piscotty connected on 17 points in a 60-51 win over North Pocono. In his team’s last three wins, he has hit at least 3 triples per game.
GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sara Hopkins (5-4 senior guard) has been a steady force for Crestwood so far. She hit 25 points (with 3 treys) in a 67-52 win over Pleasant Valley. Against powerhouse Schuylkill League member Minersville, Hopkins scored 18 points with 3 triples but the Comets came up just a bit short, 61-58. The senior guard then added 18 more points with a pair of triples in their 60-42 victory over Riverside.
Victoria Toomey (6-1 junior center) has Dunmore currently undefeated at 4-0 and holding several impressive early season wins. She connected on 13 points as the Lady Bucks topped perennial District 4 contender Mount Carmel on the road, 56-48. Toomey then hit 21 points in a 55-25 win over Scranton. That was followed up with a 24 point effort in defeating West Scranton, 62-27. Then, in one of the marque matchups of the season so far, the junior center netted 17 points in their 59-53 win over an always-tough Holy Redeemer team.
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