PYBL Girls Spotlight: July 30, 2017

The Girls PYBL Experience

Game Day: July 30, 2017


Randi Griffin- Randi showed her ability to rebound while keeping the ball high. She uses her size to her advantage. I was most impressed with her patience she displayed on the block. When the defense would double down on her in the post once she caught the ball, she showed extreme poise. Instead of forcing a shot up, she kicked the ball back out to the perimeter and re-established her post position. On inbounds plays, she would literally seal her defender in efforts to get the basketball. You do not find too many players at her age, paying attention to those types of details. She used her length to help block shots in the paint and to alter shots. She finished 11-points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks vs. Southern Maryland.

Sanaa Morrow- Sanaa seemed like she had a good understanding of the game. An athletic wing, that can get to the rim. This particular game her outside shot wasn’t falling, so after a couple of missed opportunities, she saw the defense was closing out on her, she used her athleticism to get to the rim. Very rarely so her going to the basket out of control. She went to the basket with a purpose. She finish with 10 points and 4 rebounds vs Southern Maryland.

Kieara Hughes- My first impression of Kieara was that this young lady will do whatever it takes to help her team win. She literally ran into a wall (no padding) going after a loose ball. She bounced up, shook it off and kept playing. She showed she could knock down the three, get to the rim, and play very tough on-ball defense. Not too many people turned the corner on her when she was on defense. She finished the game with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals vs Washington D.C.

Amber Perry- Amber showed she can handle the ball under pressure. It was one play in particular where she was in the process of being trapped and she changed directions so quickly, that the defense was unable to trap her. She did not miss a step. It almost seemed like she didn’t have a ball in her hand the way she attacked the trap and kept going not breaking her speed. She also utilized her change of speed to get clean shots at the rim.

Laurie Satchell- Laurie was really tough around the basket. Extremely active on the glass. She understood how to use her size and she is a very instinctive rebounder. She finished the game with 8 points, and 12 rebounds (8 offensive) vs Washington D.C.

Taniya Lawson- Taniya showed her ability to attack the basket and to knock down shots. She came out scoring 10 of her team’s 14 first quarter points. She got to the basket when she wanted to and pretty much just got whatever shot she wanted. She finished with a game-high 23 points shooting 8/15 from the field, 4/7 from behind the arc vs Anne Arundel.

Zy’Aire Hairston- Zy’Aire has a very interesting skill set. She is so laid back on the floor, then she will make a pass that will make you say to yourself, “How did she see that?”. She is extremely patient on the floor. She understands where to get her shots on the floor and when she need to get her teammates involved. She is a pass-first point guard. She finished with 10 points (4/6 from the field) and 3 assists vs Anne Arundel.

Honorable Mention

Aryanna Hunt- 5 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals vs Washington D.C.

*very active in the passing lanes, move on the flight of the ball

Carolae Barton- 3 for 5 from the field, 9 points, 6 rebounds vs. Washington D.C.

Olivia Long- 7 points and 6 rebounds vs Anne Arundel

Paris Locke- 12 points, and 6 rebounds (6 offensive) vs Washington D.C.

Jayln Brown- 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals vs Anne Arundel

Game Day: August 13th

Shreya Sivaram- Shreya has showed her ability to really shoot the ball today. You cannot leave

her open because she will make you pay every time. She showed her ability to attack the basket

while making good reads. Once she improves her ability to shoot off the dribble, she will be

even more of an offensive threat.

Reina Washington- Reina is that one player every coach would love to have on your team. She

dives on the floor for loose balls, does not take a play off, doesn’t force anything, plays defense,

attacks the basket under control, knocks down the wide open shot, and makes a play when you

need it. Whatever her team needed, you could find her making the play.


Kendall Dudley- I have watched Kendall play a few times and she is getting better and better.

Today against Fairfax, she showed more of her skill set. She showed that she can set her

teammates up to score the ball, she used her length to get to the rim, she showed her ability to

handle the ball when needed.

Anailh Jenkins- Anailh is another one I have had the opportunity to watch a couple of times and I have seen growth in her as well. She showed more patience around the basket. Before when

she would get a rebound or catch the ball a couple feet from the basket, he would catch the ball,

she would rush to make a play. This time around she was very patient when she received the


Taniya Lawson- Taniya showed her ability to score the basketball. Once she gets going downhill it is very tough to stop her. When she wants to get to the basket, she will get there. She scored 20 of her game-high 22 points in the second half of the semi-finals vs Southern MD.

Gianni Boone- Gianni has really good length and knows how to use it. She does a little bit of everything. She can defend, score, and pass the basketball. She can fill a stat sheet. I don’t think this young lady know how good she can be. She showed that she can make an impact on both ends of the floor. She finished with 8 points, 13 rebounds (6 off./7 def.), 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals vs Southern Maryland.

Isabella Tanedo- With the absence a few team members, Southern Maryland was a bit short-handed going into the match, but that didn’t stop Isabella. I like that fact she wasn’t afraid to pass the ball up the floor any opportunity she had. She rebounded the ball extremely well because that is what her team needed. She showed she could score, rather it was getting into the lane shooting a floater, using her quick first step to blow by the defender for a layup, or knocking down the outside shot. As she continues to study the game, it will become a lot easier for her because the fact she has a lot of things in place. She finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs Washington D.C.

Honorable Mention

Zy’Aire Hairston- 11 points, 2 assists, 3 steals vs Southern Maryland

NeAva Zayas- 6 points and 7 rebounds vs Washington D.C.