All Daily Record Girls Basketball: Randolph's Huland El had a season full of milestones

All Daily Record Girls Basketball: Randolph's Huland El had a season full of milestones


All Daily Record Girls Basketball: Randolph's Huland El had a season full of milestones


Heading into her senior season at Randolph, Aliyah Huland El had no idea what she was about to accomplish.

The guard/forward helped lead her team to a 21-8 record, the Morris County Tournament semifinals, in which she scored a record 51 points, and the North 1 Group IV semifinals. Along the way, she scored her 2,000th career point and finished the season as Morris County’s all-time leading scorer with 2,286 points. She scored a total of 810 points this season and averaged 30 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 blocks, 3.5 steals and 6.2 free throws a game.

Which is why Huland El is the 2013-14 All Daily Record Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

“No, to be honest not at all,” Huland El said when asked if she expected to reach so many milestones this season. “Scoring my 2,000th point and being the county’s all-time leading scorer, I didn’t think I could accomplish it. I wasn’t even aware, my dad kept it from me and my coaches kept it from me because I think they knew I didn’t focus on individual accomplishments.”

Huland El, who scored her 1,000th point last season, reached her 2,000th point on Feb. 8 during a 56-38 victory over Pequannock and became the sixth player in Morris County history to reach the milestone. From there she began the climb to break Diana Poulsen’s record of 2,285 points, which she set at Jefferson in 1989.

Of course, Huland El wasn’t focused on points. She just wanted to lead her team to victory. From that night in Pequannock, she helped the Rams win seven of their next nine games, which included advancing to the MCT semifinals against West Morris. Randolph fell in overtime 66-65, but Huland El scored a county-record 51 points that night and pulled down 15 rebounds.

“She’s a great leader,” Randolph coach Kristin Torres said. “She really considered the team before anything else and that’s just what makes her great, being the leader and guiding everyone through all the positions on the court because she’s played them all. Basically she makes us look good, with the record the way it is and what she does for us and the amount of points she scored she makes our job easy. With a record like we had this year, the players did what they needed to do.”

During the Rams’ state tournament run as the fourth seed, Huland El scored 35 points against Belleville, 32 points against North Bergen and finished with 19 points against top-seeded Paterson Kennedy en route to becoming the all-time leading scorer. Huland El reached that milestone standing at the free throw line with 53.2 seconds left. She missed her first shot, but made the second to reach 2,286 career points.

“It’s a great feeling, maybe looking back it’ll be much better but right now it still hurts that we lost some of those games,” Huland El said. “I’m really proud of my accomplishments and it’ll be great to tell my kids in the future.”

Huland El will continue her basketball career at the University of Virginia next fall, and she’s very excited to move on to the next phase of her life and bring her game to a new level.

“I think it’ll help me a lot, each day I’ll learn something new about being a leader and responsibility and it’ll teach me different ways to score and manipulate defenses and make sure everyone on the team is doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” she said. “Being in a new environment and playing with different personnel and different coaches for the next four years, I’m really excited.”

Even though Huland El will not be a Ram next season, Torres said the school and the team are looking to make sure that her storied legacy won’t be forgotten.

“To be honest, her scoring 51 points in the county tournament, that’s always going to be something that will last a long time,” Torres said. “Being the all-time Morris County scorer, we’re hoping to pursue some things for her, have her jersey hung in the showcase, just make her presence well known long after she’s gone.”


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