CEDAR GROVE, NJ - She's scored 116 points for the Cedar Grove girls basketball team this season and leads the team in 3-pointers.  Her coach uses words like "consistent" and "leader" to describe her.  Jessica Sinisi is this week's Allstate Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week.  The Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Shelby Mobley, Allstate Insurance Agent, 471 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 

"It's really cool to be Athlete of the Week.  I was very happy when I heard the news," Sinisi said.  "I've been working hard and it's nice to know that people notice that I'm playing well and to be rewarded for it."

Head Coach Bill Scanlon describes the two-year starter as a hard worker, who delivers consistently for her team.  Scanlon said that Sinisi worked hard beginning last spring to improve her game and that effort is paying off.  

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"She is a consistent scorer, rebounder and defender for us," Scanlon said.  "She is an excellent leader for our team as well, setting a great example of how hard you have to work to our underclassmen."

Sinisi is not afraid of hard work or challenges.  In fact, working to overcome those challenges has been a highlight of her season so far.

"We had a little bit of a losing streak going, but then we changed the offense and how we play and how we practice and started to win some games," Sinisi stated.  "I'm proud of that because it showed how we were willing to work hard and it paid off."

Another highlight of the season for Sinisi has been the close connection she has with her teammates. 

"The season has been really fun this year because all of my teammates are my friends," she explained.  "We are all really close.  We play and we work together and we pick each other up.  We just really have fun together."

With a current record of 5-10, the Panthers have had their ups and downs this season.  Sinisi said height is one of the biggest challenges the team has to overcome, noting that their tallest player is only about 5'5.  Being undersized, means a lot of jumping and reaching for rebounds and blocks to compensate, which Sinisi and her teammates do with a vengeance.  

Looking ahead, Sinisi hopes to keep improving her game and help her team win some more conference games.  "I would like to keep scoring.  I've been breaking 10 the last five games so I want to keep doing that.  It's great for the team," she added.  "As a team we want to keep wining conference games.  We have Hoops for Hope coming up which is big.  We'd like to beat Verona."

The Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Shelby Mobley Allstate, 471 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove. 

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