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Division Players of the Year

All season we’ve been highlighting some of the best South Jersey high school girls basketball players. With the last week of the regular season looming, it’s time to draw conclusions.

With that in mind, we’ve nominated Unofficial Divisional Players of the Year for each of South Jersey’s five leagues. With the playoffs still to come, a lot can change before the end of the season, but here are South Jersey’s best ahead of the post-season

Burlington County League Liberty

Sophia Wilburn, Palmyra

A towering force in the paint, Wilburn led the Panthers to a share of the Freedom title, courtesy of a 20-point turnover in their home-and-away series with New Egypt. Closing in on 20 wins, the Panthers will be a team to be reckoned with in March.

BCSL independence

Gabrielle Loftin Florence

The Flashes gave Loftin a ton of responsibility and the boy delivered. At 18 points per game, Loftin raised his team’s ambitions and efficiency heading into the playoffs.

Freedom BCSL

Adriana Agosto, Rancocas Valley

The bike that drives the Red Devils forward, Agosto is closing in on the 1,000-point mark for his career, while taking on the leadership charge of teaching a young roster to succeed at college level.

BCSL Patriot

Riley AhrensDelran

Ahrens continues to build his brand of strong, two-way leadership. A proven scorer, Ahrens has added ball handling and playmaking to her toolkit alongside a defensive presence from stoppage thanks to her long and active frame.

Cape Atlantic League American

Camryn Dirkes, mainland

A staple of the Mustangs backyard, Dirkes is by far the most experienced ground leader in the CAL, if not all of South Jersey. Gifted on point, she can beat you without scoring or turning it on.

National CAL

Avery Jackson, Ocean City

Beneath the Ferris wheel, Jackson leads by example. With a strong work ethic, the junior can light it from outside the arc or as a stabilizing force in a tough split.

CAL United

Kaci Mikulski, Catholic from Wildwood

A freshman with far more savvy than should be possible, Mikulski is learning on the job while posting 14.8 points per game. Tough and motivated, Mikulski is already a leader in a good team.

Freedom of Colonial Conference

Madison Clark, Haddon Heights

The best softball player in South Jersey basketball, Clark is a very good player on the hardwoods. Clark dominates against typically bigger players in the paint and is still posting 15.8 points per game.

colonial patriot

Alexis DavisWoodbury

Already an excellent scorer, Davis has added to her game this year as the undisputed leader of the best team in Group 1. At 27.3 points per game, Davis is in a pitched battle for the South Jersey scoring crown, but she would trade everything. for a tag team title in March.

American Olympic Conference

Katie Fricker, Cherokee

Playmaker Fricker sets the tone for South Jersey’s best defensive team. Look no further than his winning layup to beat Shawnee with 4.1 seconds left in the South Jersey Championship Invitational Game for confirmation.

National Olympic

Hannah Hidalgo, Paul VI

The best ticket in South Jersey sports, Hidalgo is a living, breathing reel. His 26.8-point average is one thing, but his open-court defense is what propels Hidalgo to the top of South Jersey’s list of must-haves.

Classic Tri-County Conference

Imene Fathi, Wildwood

The engine that drives the Warriors forward, Fathi is averaging 18.9 points per game and creating plenty of offense for his teammates. Not endowed with a large size, her athleticism and sense of play make her play much taller than she looks.

Tri-County Diamond

Riley Fulmer, Woodstown

Fulmer creates points where there are none. Blessed with equal measures of strength and athleticism, enough of each for opponents to continually underestimate its impact on a game.

Freedom of the Three Counties

Tori Kanuck, Delsea

The Crusaders have won 17 games so far thanks to a very balanced and varied attack. That said, Kanuck sets a real tone for Delsea. His playoff hopes hinge on his ability to raise the level of all of his teammates.

Tri County Royal

Amaya Burch, Timber Creek

A dynamic scorer, Burch is much more than that. Here, an unparalleled work ethic is born with its 5am wake-up call and early morning workouts and extends throughout the day at every South Jersey gym.

Tom Rimback, sports journalist

Tom Rimback grew up reading the sports sections of the Burlington County Times and the Courier Post and began writing for the BCT in 1996. He’s covered everything from Super Bowls and Final Fours to Tri-County Swimming, but he’s the most happy on the sidelines interviewing school athletes from South Jersey for the Burlington County Times, Courier Post and Daily Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RimbackBCT. Email him story ideas at [email protected] and, most importantly, support local journalism with a subscription.

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