Posted On: 01/3/21 4:40 PM

Some of the top defensive forces will be returning to the court in girls basketball once the 2021 basketball season tips off in January in the Garden State. For some players, getting steals and making life tough on the defensive end brings greater joy than scoring a ton of points. Let’s take a look at some of the top returning steals players.

Emily Alers-Gonzalez, Newark East Side, Sr. – Alers-Gonzalez was second in the state with 154 steals in 23 games of action. She had 6.7 steals per game and had some incredible defensive showings with five double-digit steal games. The Newark East Side senior finished with 16 steals against Benedectine, 13 against Technology, 11 against West Side and 10 apiece in games against Science Park and St. Vincent.

Saniah CaldwellSaniahCaldwell5'8" | PGSaddle River Day | 2022State#52NationNJ, Saddle River Day, Jr. – Caldwell finished tied for third in the state last season with 6.1 steals per game. She finished with 159 in total in 26 games. As good as she was in essentially every category for Saddle River Day last season her defense really shines. Caldwell finished with 10 steals apiece in games against East Orange and Emerson Boro. She recorded two or more

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