Good guard play is the key to success at any level of basketball. And having someone who can break down the defense, get in the lane and finish with a sweet scoop shot and the foul doesn’t hurt either. Below are the five point guards I think are the best in the conference.
Good point guards have their own unique style. These five young ladies have their own, too and here is a breakdown of each style they posses.
- The Control Freak: Meticulous, methodical and rarely turns the ball over.
- The Scorer: She can dish it just as well as she can score it.
- The Ankle Breaker: Don’t get too close, you may end up on the floor.
- The Agitator: She runs her team like a well-oiled machine, makes everything difficult for you and it will drive you up the wall.
- The Eye Doctor: If you’re open, she’ll find you.
Missy Bailey, Cheshire
The Scorer/The Agitator/The Eye Doctor: Bailey is known to be scrappy. The point gives up nothing on defense and plays until the final buzzer sounds. Cheshire coach Sarah Mik said that’s made Bailey one of the best.
“From the moment she walked in as a freshman, Missy has led this varsity team,” the coach said. “She continues to work hard on her game and will be an impact at the next level.”
Bailey is 12 points shy of 1,000 for her career, she averages 13 points per game, four assists and has made the most 3-pointers in Cheshire girls basketball history. The versatile point guard is going to Division II Franklin Pierce.
Adrienne DiGioia, Branford
The Eye Doctor/The Ankle Breaker: DiGioia, a freshman, still is learning how to run an offense, but in the open court she is already one of the best point guards I’ve seen. She doesn’t play or act like a freshman, the guard is mature and under control.
In the open court DiGioia is so good at making things happens that sometimes she overpasses and probably could have taken the shot. Her handle is very good as is her crossover. She currently averages 10.8 points per game and she’s a quick learner.
Kendra Landy, Mercy
The Control Freak/The Eye Doctor: Mercy coach Tim Kohs has one of the best point guards at running a system. Landy has only turned the ball over twice in the last four games. However, Landy is not just a system player. The guard can get open, finish at the basket and drain shots from long range.
“Kendra continues to improve as the season moves along,” Kohs said. “Her scoring and assist to turnover ratio improve each week and she does a great job dictating the tempo both offensively and defensively.”
Landy is averaging nine points, five assists, three rebounds and a little under two steals a contest.
Shyla Osmond, Hillhouse
The Ankle Breaker/The Eye Doctor/The Scorer: Osmond has point guard’s eyes to go along with a shooter’s short-term memory. As close to the total package as a team can get.
The guard recently scored her 1,000th career point, averages 17 points per game, which is good for sixth in the area, she can run an offense, push the tempo, stop and pop, drain the 3, rain down floaters and play solid defense.
She helped turn Hillhouse from a four-win team last season, into a 10-win playoff team this season.
Teneya McLaughlin, Foran
The Scorer/The Ankle Breaker: If only she had one more player. McLaughlin is a willing passer, but may actually be a better scorer, especially when she penetrates. With inside presence and 2013 All-Stater Taylor Ceballos out for the year, McLaughlin has been hounded by defenses all season.
Coach Scott Nails said McLaughlin kept improving all season. “(She is an) excellent on ball defender and good all around court leader,” he said. “Became a better scorer this season due to losing the other four starters from last year.”
McLaughlin averages 16 points, six assists and five rebounds per game. She may have fallen off people’s radar’s due to her team’s struggles, however, she is still a top tier point guard. She is headed to Division II Assumption.
So these are the five I think are tops in the conference. However, which one is the best? Vote in the poll below. Results will be revealed in this upcoming basketball package on Sunday evening.