JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Girls Basketball Season

The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year.

Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe.

So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport.


The 2021-22 Girls’ Basketball Season

Jay Cook | North Jersey: Morris Catholic 63 Morristown 35; Feb. 25, 2022

“This Morris County Tournament championship game signified the beginning of a potential dynasty in New Jersey high school girls basketball. With freshman twin sister Mia and Mya Pauldo at the helm, Morris Catholic cruised by Morristown to win the county final. The duo combined for 30 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the win, which was part of a 24-game win streak.”


Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Manasquan 62 Holmdel 59; Feb. 19, 2022

“A husband vs. wife coaching showdown was a story of ultimate respect between two partners in basketball and life. Holmdel principal Matt Kukoda returned to the sidelines mid-season. Lisa Kukoda has been one of New Jersey’s best girls basketball coaches. Both teams raised their level and the post-game interviews were special.


Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Westfield 69 Hillsborough 42; March 9, 2022

“It was one of the greatest atmospheres all season as Westfield led by former alumni, Liz McKeon brought home its first ever Girls Basketball Sectional Title in program history.”


Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Mainland 54 Wildwood Catholic 38; February 26, 2022

“The Mustangs put the finishing touches on a Cape Atlantic League Tournament championship, cementing their place as the CAL’s best. The win also made it a clean sweep for the ‘Stangs, as the boys team also won the league title earlier in the day.”


James Mooney | South Jersey: Cherokee 26 Shawnee 24; Feb. 20, 2022

“From a pre-game appearance from Miss New Jersey, to the late-game heroics by TCNJ-bound Katie Fricker, the SJIBT title game between Cherokee and Shawnee produced another instant classic from one of the top rivalries in South Jersey.