The high school girls’ basketball schedule was released and the season gets going on Dec. 14. Although we’re still two months away from basketball, we can still look ahead to some games that could shape the upcoming season. Below are the games to watch (we think).
Career at New London, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: This should be a high-scoring affair with Career bringing in point guard Ky’Jae Hargrove, who can slash and get into the lane, point guard Ashley Arroyo, who can knock down the outside jumper and center Breion Knox, who is a force in the paint. Not to be outdone, the Whalers are not shy about taking the 3-pointer. Guard Jade Lucas can score from the outside and get to the basket. When the outside shot isn’t falling, 6-foot-2 India Pagan can be relied on to clean up the glass and finish, too.
Morgan at Hand, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.: Hand lost a decent amount of talent from last year’s team that pushed Mercy to the limit in the Southern Connecticut Conference final, but point guard Gabby Martin is back. She is also one of the main reasons why the game was so close due to her activity on defense and scoring 10 points. She is one of the better guards in the area next to Destine Perry of Mercy and Elise Graham of Amity among a few others. One of the other top guards in the area is Morgan’s Sami Ashton, who was New Haven Register All-Area last season. Ashton has displayed a knack for making the right play, and is usually more athletic than the guard facing on any given night. Should be a good battle of the guards.
Weaver at Farmington, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.: December is going to be a fun month. The Beavers’ Shaquana Edwards, who was New Haven Register All-State last season, will face off against the Indians’ Cheray Saunders in another good battle at the guard position. Edwards has been a high volume shooter since departing from Capital Prep to play for the Beavers. Meanwhile, Saunders had been the third wheel to Sophie Borg and Hannah Friend, both NHR All-State players last year, and this season will be counted on to do a little bit more. This should also be a good indication of what fans can expect from both teams overall this season.
Capital Prep vs. Out of state opponents: Can the hating stop now? The Trailblazers defeated Career when it had Tanaya Atkinson (Temple), Nicole Anderson (Manhattan) and Alyssa Alston (Ole’ Miss), then defeated Mercy with Maura Fitzpatrick (Marist) and Kendra Landy (Fairfield). Capital Prep defeated Weaver with DeJane “Snoop” James (Hampton) to win a title two years ago and Farmington with Friend (Delaware). That’s seven Division I players on four of the state’s best teams in the last two years. They can play whoever they want. Check them out at home on January, 11 against Christ the King at 6 p.m.
Greenwich at Ridgefield, January 15, 7 p.m.: In a matchup of two Connecticut Basketball Club bigs, Rebecca Lawrence of Ridgefield takes on the Cardinals’ Abbie Wolf. Wolf, who is 6-foot-4, is headed off to Northwestern and Lawrence, who is 6-foot-3, is going to Delaware. If the Cards’ guards can get the ball to Wolf consistently, she could have a big day. Meanwhile, Lawrence possesses a good jumper and posted 15 points and 10 boards per contest last season. Both were NHR All-State players.
Mercy at Capital Prep, January 18, 7 p.m.: The schedule currently says the game will be held at C. Prep, but I doubt that will hold up as last year fans from across the state packed the Chase Family Arena at the University of Hartford to watch these two juggernauts exchange blows for 36 minutes. The Trailblazers came out with a resounding 88-48 victory in a game that was hyped up as the match up of the year. The game should be just as big this season with Capital Prep sharpshooter Angelique “Pika” Rodriguez and Syracuse-bound do-it-all forward Desiree Elmore. Add Perry and well, we’re going to need a bigger gym.
Added Game (Reader’s Choice)
Norwich Free Academy vs. Fairfield Warde, Dec. 15, 5:15 p.m. >> The beginning of the season is going to be a lot of fun. Thanks to our educated fan base for commenting on this post, this game has been added. Fairfield Warde only graduated one player from last season’s team. The Mustangs were hit pretty hard with injury last season, a healthy, hungry Warde suqad with the leadership with Dave Danko is going to be fun to watch. So will Norwich Free Academy. NFA brings back the bulk of its squad from last season, too. Central Connecticut State University-bound senior Cebria Outlow and Co. will clash with the Mustangs in what will no doubt be a great game.
If there are any other games that catch any reader’s eyes, keep commenting on them and I’ll keep adding them!
- First practice: Nov. 30
- Season opens: Dec. 14
- Tournament begins: February 29
- 2016 CIAC Girls Basketball Final: March 19, 20