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Apr 01, 2022

Holmdel Girls’ Basketball Team Completes Winning Season

By Les Pierce

Katherine Martini

The Holmdel girls’ basketball team completed the 2021-22 with a 19-9 record. They finished second to Red Bank Catholic in the Shore Conference A Central Division and advanced to the semifinal round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 Tournament. In addition, they were ranked in the NJ.com top 20 statewide at the close of the season.  

The squad faced a tough schedule, with two losses incurred against RBC, the state’s fourth-ranked team. They faced the state’s No. 2 team Manasquan twice and nearly pulled off upsets on both occasions, falling just short by tallies of 62-59 and 45-41.

Holmdel found momentum in the NJSIAA tournament, starting with a 76-34 drubbing of Roselle. They went on to defeat Middlesex by a 67-53 final in the quarterfinal round.

The aforementioned 45-41 defeat by Squan occurred in the tournament semifinal, ending the Hornets’ season. The game was particularly significant for Holmdel acting Head Coach Matt Kukoda as he was facing off with one of the state’s most highly regarded coaches. That coach also just happened to be his wife Lisa. This was truly a family affair.

Junior guard Alexandra Loucopoulas led the squad in scoring with 364 points on the season, including 174 from outside the arc. She was key to a stingy defense with 52 steals to her credit.

Abbey Ferguson netted 328 points with 69 coming from three-point land. Her best outing was a 23-point performance against Ewing. She finished the season with 666 career points. The Colgate-bound senior also recorded 43 steals this year.

Abbey Ferguson

Katherine Martini racked up 249 points and scored double digits in 11 games. The 6-foot-2 senior will join the Emory University Eagles next year.

The highlight of the season for junior Erica Stokes was a 20-point breakout against Rumson-Fair Haven. She has racked up 260 points, 120 via the long ball, over the 28-game schedule.

The defensive standout of the squad was sophomore Allison Cannon, who is credited with an amazing 66 steals. She was also a major contributor on offense with 240 points on the season.

Coming off the bench in 25 games, Mia Giamanco put in 75 points, 45 from outside the arc. She netted 12 from the free throw line.

Holmdel High School Principal Matt Kukoda assumed the role of acting head coach in mid-January. The introduction of a new coaching philosophy could derail a team, but the Hornets continued their winning ways without missing a beat.

“It was an honor to serve as the acting head coach during the 2021-22 Holmdel High School girls’ basketball season,” stated Kukoda. “This is an outstanding group of girls who will be successful beyond athletics. Their dedication to the team was admirable.”