The ESPN RISE girls' basketball players of the week:
East: Christina Foggie
(Lenape, Medford, N.J.)
Ranked No. 58 in the ESPNU 100, the Vanderbilt-bound power forward showed why she's so highly-regarded with an impressive week while setting a school scoring record. In an overtime battle against Camden (N.J.), she scored a game-high 41 points as the Indians pulled off a 75-73 victory despite allowing Hofstra-bound Annie Payton to score 40 points. Earlier in the week, Foggie's 24 points in a 54-40 win over Pennsauken (N.J.) moved her career total to 1,675 points to set the school's all-time leading scoring mark for boys or girls. In between those two games, she also scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had five steals in a win over Rancocas Valley. She has played in just seven games so far this year but is averaging just over 26 points per game.
Southeast: Kala Williams
The 5-foot-9 guard led her team to three wins at the Hattiesburg Classic by averaging nearly 21 points per game. Williams' best game of the three was netting 25 points in a 51-38 triumph over Oak Grove (Miss.). She also had 24 in a 79-55 victory against Brookhaven (Miss.). For the season, Williams is averaging 19.2 points and six rebounds per game. She has led the Yellowjackets to a 12-1 season record with the only loss coming by just two points to Aberdeen (Miss.).
Midwest: Carli Tritz
(Bishop Heelan, Sioux City, Iowa)
She also gets our tough girl award for the week. In a 69-50 win over Sioux City North (Iowa), Tritz banged heads with another player, told the Omaha World-Herald she was dizzy for a few moments and had to get four stitches at halftime. None of that prevented her from scoring 25 points and handing out 13 assists for Bishop Heelan that improved the team's record to 8-1. With Tritz leading the way, the Crusaders are the No. 1-ranked team in Iowa's Class 3A division. She's a 5-foot-11 senior guard and has signed with Creighton.
Southwest: Brittney Jefferson
Prolific scorer is one of the top small school talents in Texas and is among the best regardless of school size. Jefferson, who has been averaging more than 34 ppg, scored 42 points and had seven assists and six blocks last week in a 73-57 triumph vs. Oakwood (Texas). She also had 31 points last week with 13 rebounds and five blocks as Leggett downed Chireno (Texas), 61-46. Jefferson has a high game so far this season of 46 and is a returning TABC Class A Division II all-state player.
West: Lexi Kresl
(Shadow Mountain, Phoenix, Ariz.)
One of the top scorers in Arizona continues to see her average rise after a pair of 30-plus point performances last week. With the Matadors opening the week against Independence (Glendale, Ariz.), the junior guard scored more than double the opposition with 36 points in a 60-14 victory while narrowly missing a quadruple double. In the lopsided win, she also had nine rebounds, nine steals, and nine assists. Kresl didn't quite outscore Moon Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the next game, but she came close as she scored 31 points in a 53-35 victory. On the year, she has scored at least 30 points in a game nine times and her scoring average now stands at 29 points per game.
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