The 53rd annual JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Classic at the JCC of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge will feature the
states best talent. East coach Scott Nails said fans coming to see the college-bound boys players, like Paschal Chukwu who is headed to Providence, should check out the girls at 1:30 p.m., too. They’ll be pleasantly surprised.
“I think this game Sunday, people are coming to see the boys game, but for every one boy like a Paschal Chukwu, there’s four girls that have already signed and committed (to play college basketball.)”
Players like Temple-bound Tanaya Atkinson, Hartford-bound Janelle Harrison, St. Peter’s-bound Alyssa Velles and St.Joseph-bound Sarah Veilleux highlight the East.
Meanwhile Quinnipiac-bound Carly Fabbri, Fairfield-bound Emma McCarthy, Boston University-bound Corrine Williams and Franklin Pierce-bound Missy Bailey star on the West team.
Class LL champion Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Forcucci is coaching the West. She said practice has gone well and the time spent building chemistry hasn’t been too lengthy.
“It took 20 minutes to a half hour,” she said.
Both Forcucci and Nails said coaching this much talent has been enjoyable. Forcucci said she hasn’t had to say too much in practice.
“You say anything and no matter who you’re talking to they all understand what you’re talking about,” Forcucci said.
The East is peppered with shooters like Fabbri, Muhlenberg-bound Rachel Plotke and Bailey. However, McCarthy said the West’s calling card will be on the other end of the floor.
“It’s not all about the offense,” McCarthy said. “You’ve got to get some stops.”
The West has size and dynamic players like Atkinson, Veilleux and Olivia Bolden. Assumption-bound Teneya McLaughlin will have the task of running the point. However, Nails said the entire team will have to move the basketball.
“You don’t want to play your last high school game ever being remembered as a selfish individual,” he said.
And so far, both teams have been meshing well and enjoying their time together.
“Carly and I looked at each other and said how ‘Awesome is this to play with the best girls in the state,’ ” McCarthy said.