9 Tri-State Area Girls Impress at Hoops4MS 2021 All-Star Event in NJ


On Saturday, BrolyLewisMedia held its Hoops4MS 2021 event at the Mickey Walker Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with talented high school girl basketball players from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania comprising the teams of Team Care and Team Love.

Team Love dribbled away with the 98-90 victory over Team Love.

Here are the nine girls who shined on the hardwood at the high school charity all-star tournament.

Madison St. Rose — Saint John Vianney (NJ)/Philly Rise

St. Rose–who plays for NJ hoops power Saint John Vianney, and is committed to Princeton Univeristy–drained a game-best 26 points, displaying her stellar outside range by banging home five shots from behind the arc for Team Love.

A rising senior combo guard, the 5-foot-10 lefty, who played AAU ball for Philly Rise, proved why she is one of the best players in the Garden State, dazzling on both ends of the floor.

Kourtney Wilson — Bethlehem Catholic High School (Penn)/Team Durant

Wilson, who dropped in 23 points for Team Care, impressed with her wise shot selection and nice, spot-on jumper.

A versatile rising senior guard, Wilson is an offensive threat who hails from the state of Pennsylvania. She also suited up for AAU Team Durant.

Gabriella Ross — Donovan Catholic High School (NJ)/NY Rens

Ross, who plays for Donovan Catholic High School in Toms River, scored 21 points for Team Care.

Ross, who also suits for the AAU NY Rens, is a tough, gritty rising junior guard whose standout skillset was on display Saturday afternoon.

With two years left to her high school hoops career, there is every reason to believe that Ross will only improve.

Kayla Perez — St. Thomas Aquinas (NJ)

Perez, a rising senior guard, poured in 12 points for Team Love. But that was the only part of her production story.

Since tournament officials only tracked scoring stats, it was tough to gauge other vital elements of the game. However, she was actively dishing out dimes, and played a solid defense.

Perez, who played for Morris Catholic last season, is garnering an ample amount of college recruiting attention at the moment, per her mom. Therefore, it will be interesting to see where she winds up in the end.

Skye Owen — St. Francis Prep (NYC)

Owen did her thing, proving the Skye’s the limit for the Wake Forest commit after registering 15 points for Team Love.

The 5-foot-8 rising senior guard is the complete package, and displayed that in the tilt, showing off her elusiveness, quickness, and ability to slice and dice her way to basket while finishing.

The athletic Staten Island native is just sheer poetry in motion.

Katherine (Kay) Donahue — Rutgers Prep (NJ)/NJ Belles

Donahue displayed a look of game-face toughness that was unmatched by any other player. And it is fitting, because the Lafayette commit was rugged and balled as if she had something to prove.

She tailed 18 points for Team Care.

Jaylin Hartman — Blair Academy (NJ)/NJ Sparks

Hartman dropped in ten points for Team Love.

Additionally, she showed off her nice stroke, and used her 6-foot-2 frame well to position herself for rebounds.

Hartman is a long, lean rising junior guard/wing at one of the finest high school hoop programs in New Jersey, Blair Academy. But the Lady Buccaneers did not play last season due to COVID-19, so she has taken full advantage of her impressive AAU season with the NJ Sparks.

Honorable Mentions:

Nicole Melious — Susan Wagner (NY)/Hoopers NY

Melious, who plays for the PSAL’s Susan Wagner on Staten Island and the AAU Hoopers NY, showed flashes of greatest, posting nine points in a contest that feature several excellent shooters, for Team Care.

The rising junior is committed to Georgia Tech.

Gabby Recinto — Cherokee/Exodus 16U

Gabby Recinto flashes winning smile at Hoops4MS event.

Sure, Recinto scored just four points, but when she realized her shot was not fallen, the 5-foot-10 rising junior wing switched to grabbing rebounds and playing a stellar defense, locking up her foe when she was on the floor.

That is a telltale sign of basketball maturity. Recinto owns good self-awareness, something that could be credited to her black belt in American Kenpo.

— Jerry Del Priore (Cover Photo: Jerry Del Priore).

(Gabby Recinto Photo: Mike Recinto).

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