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Who earned girls basketball Player of the Week honors in last regular-season games?



With playoffs beginning later this week, this week’s girls basketball Player of the Week poll covers the final days of the regular season.

Last week, coaches nominated six athletes for the award and Journal News/lohud readers cast 29,698 online votes.

Roosevelt’s Christina Kibassa-Maliba, who gained MVP honors in Roosevelt’s Black History Month Showcase win over Peekskill and who scored in double figures in four games and pulled down more than 20 rebounds in three of those games, became Player of the Week with 10,856 votes .

The runner-up was Westlake’s Brooke Pfeiffer, who garnered 6,170 votes.

This week, coaches have again nominated six athletes for the honor.

Please read about their performances below, then scroll to the poll to vote.

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You may vote as many times and for as many players as you like. But the poll will close at noon on Tuesday. Results will subequently be announced via social media

Last week’s poll: Vote for The Journal News/lohud Player of the Week

Cara Drapala, Fox Lane

Over two games, a win against Woodlands and loss to Arlington, the junior guard had 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four assists, three steals and a defensive deflection.

Allie Falesto, Albertus Magnus

The senior guard helped the Falcons go 4-1 during their final week of regular-season games. She hit for 21 points in a win over St. Mary’s, poured in 33 points i a win over Paramus Catholic, had six points in a win over Ketcham, returned to double figures with 18 points in a win over Dobbs Ferry and had nine points in a loss to Red Bank Catholic.

Sarai Gurley, North Rockland

The senior guard, who’ll play next year for Division II Amerian International College in Massachusetts, hit for double figures in three Red Raider wins last week. She had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 54-38 win over Suffern, 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 56-40 win over Clarkstown North and put in 16 points and grabbed eight bouards in a 78-9 win over East Ramapo.

Kendall Konigsberg, Blind Brook

The sophomore guard helped lead Blind Brook to three wins in four games last week, notching two double-doubles. She scored 24 points and had eight rebounds, six steals, four blocks and one assist in a 41-36 win against Croton. Against Pleasantville, Konigsberg tallied 28 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, two steals and a block in a 58-35 win.. In a 54-27 win over Rye Neck, Konigsberg added 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals to her 10 points. And in a 62-55 setback against Westlake, Konigsberg hit for 19 points, dished out six assists and had five steals, three rebounds and one block.

Nichole Ljuljic, Lakeland

The senior guard surpassed 1,000 points for her varsity career during a week that saw her score in double figures three times. In a 53-37 loss to Ardsley, Ljuljic hit for 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in a 67-34 win over Sleepy Hollow and in a 48-44 loss to Mahopac, she had 21 points and eight rebounds. 

Cadence Nicholas, Panas

The junior guard surpassed 1,500 career points after becoming the Lakeland School District’s all-time leading scorer for both girls and boys a game earlier. She scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, registered five assists and had three steals in a 66-61 win over Rye. Nicholas then poured in 26 points, got 10 rebounds and had five assists and three steals in a 59-50 win over Pelham.

Nancy Haggerty covers cross-country, track & field, field hockey, skiing, ice hockey, basketball, girls lacrosse and other sporting events for The Journal News/lohud. Follow her on Twitter at @HaggertyNancy.

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