Below is a list of the top 25 girls basketball players in the CIAC for the 2013-14 season. This post will be updated throughout the season with stats, milestones and recruiting information. Coaches, players and parents can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information regarding these 25 elite players.
Tanaya Atkinson, Career, Sr., G/F/C
All about Tanaya: Was named the 2012-13 Register Area MVP. She averaged 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Panthers last season, leading them to a Southern Connecticut Conference title. She will play at Temple next year.
Missy Bailey, Cheshire, Sr., PG
All about Missy: Averaged 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals last season and made the Register All-Area team. She will play at Franklin Pierce.
Cassidy Bundy, Montville, Sr., F/C
All about Cassidy: She averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks last season and made the All-Eastern Connecticut Conference team. She will play at the University of Hartford.
Taylor Ceballos, Foran, So., C
All about Taylor C.: She made the Register All-State team with averages of 15.3 points and 14.2 rebounds. She had 17 double-doubles and six games with 20 or more rebounds.
Desiree Elmore, Capital Prep, So., F/C
All about Dez: Averaged 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, three steals and three assists last year to help lead the Trail Blazers to a Class S crown. Fielding interest from Big East, ACC and Big Ten schools, including Marquette, Syracuse, St. John’s and Georgia Tech, which already offered, to name a few.
Chelsea Domain, Tolland, Sr., G
All about Chelsea: Domain received a four-year scholarship to play at Assumption after leading Tolland to the state semifinals last season.
Shaquanna Edwards, Weaver, So., PG
All about Shaq: Edwards, who transferred from Capital Prep, stepped up when DeJane James got injured last season and helped guide the Trail Blazers to the Class S title. She made the Register All-State second team.
Carly Fabbri, Lauralton Hall, Sr., G
All about Carly: The sharp-shooting guard led the Crusaders to a South-West Conference crown and made the Register All-State second team. She will play at Quinnipiac.
Maura Fitzpatrick, Mercy, Jr., F
All about Maura: Helped lead Mercy to a Class LL title as a sophomore and should star after the graduation of Maria Weselyj (Southern Connecticut State) and Jordyn Nappi (Eastern Connecticut State).
Sarah Gallo, Mercy, Jr., C
All about Sarah: She made the Register All-State third team last season as a sophomore, one of just four sophomores to make a Register All-State team.
Rachel Gartner, Danbury, Sr., G
All about Rachel: She averaged 12.9 points and 4.3 steals last year and will play at Boston College. She made the Register All-State second team.
Rebecca Gartner, Danbury, Sr., G
All about Rebecca: She made the Register’s All-State second team last season and will play at Central Florida.
Kiah Gillespie, Capital Prep, Jr., G/F
All about Kiah: Named to the Register All-State team with averages of 17.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.2 steals in leading the Trail Blazers to the Class S championship. Receiving interest from Providence, Rutgers and Hofstra, among others.
Janelle Harrison, Cromwell, Sr., F
All about Janelle: Cromwell’s senior forward is headed to UHart next season. Last year she led the Panthers to the only undefeated season of 2013 and a Class M crown. She also made the 2013 Register All-State second team.
DeJane “Snoop” James, Weaver, Jr., PG
All about Snoop: The point guard missed most of last season with Capital Prep with an injury. Now playing for the Beavers, a healthy James makes Weaver a legit contender. Garnering interest from Hofstra, Sacred Heart, Northeastern, Hartford and Siena.
Teneya McLaughlin, Foran, Sr., PG
All about Teneya: She was named Register All-State honorable mention, leading the Lions to the SCC semifinals. She will play at Assumption College.
Trayneice Mims, Hyde, Sr., G
All about Trayneice: Became the first girl in school history to score 1,000 points, en route to making the Register’s All-Area team.
Kiera O’Donnell, Holy Cross, Sr., G/F
All about Kiera: The senior guard will play at Assumption next season. Last season O’Donnell averaged 17 points and nine rebounds and was named All-Naugatuck Valley League and won the MVP in the NVL All-Star Game.
Shyla Osmond, Hillhouse, Sr., G
All about Shyla: Made the Register-All Area team last season while averaging 13 points, 5.5 assists and four steals.
Sarah Veilleux, RHAM, Sr., G/F
All about Sarah: Was the 2013 Register State Player of the Year and the Gatorade State Player of the Year. She averaged 28.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.5 assists for the Sachems. She will play at St. Joseph (Pa.) next year.
Alyssa Velles, Norwich Free Academy, Sr., SG
All about Alyssa: Velles averaged 18.2 points, five rebounds and two steals last season, shooting 48 percent from the floor in the process. She scored her 1,000th career point last season and will play at St. Peter’s University.
Taylor Williams, Capital Prep, Sr., F
All about Taylor: Was the third cog in the Trail Blazers’ big three of Gillespie and Elmore. She will play at Sacred Heart University.
Corrine Williams, Bloomfield, Sr., F
All about Corrine: She received a full ride to Boston University, becoming the first girls basketball player at the school since Nykesha Sales (UConn) in 1994 to be offered a full ride to a Division I school.
Holly Worski, E.O. Smith, Sr., G
All about Holly: She made the Register All-State second team last season, and this fall made the Northeast College Showcase All-Tournament team.
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