For three seasons at Hen Hud, girls basketball standout Cassidy Boyle was the floor general as the starting point guard. Her ability to control the pace of the game with tantalizing passes and versatile scoring left opposing defenses searching for ways to contain her.
Boyle, this week’s Con Edison Athlete of the Week, was solid enough to earn all-league honors in her sophomore and junior seasons.
But at the Sailors’ team meeting a year ago, she learned her role on the team was going to change. The University of South Florida-bound softball player was moving to starting forward.
“I think her natural position is at the three,” Sailors’ coach Ken Sherman said. “She likes playing inside (the paint) as much as she does outside and that’s why her scoring has been up a lot this year.”
The Sailors (12-6) were looking to replace five seniors from last year’s team, including the starting shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. Seeing flashes of Boyle’s post play against shorter guards made Sherman confident she could make an easy transition.
Boyle was all for her coach’s decision.
“I just wanted to do whatever it takes for my team to win,” said Boyle, who sports a 96.3 cumulative average while taking all honors and Advanced Placement courses. “I was needed down low so that’s where he (Sherman) put me.”
Sherman credits Boyle’s unselfishness for the team’s success. Her ability to play anywhere on the floor makes her invaluable.
Earlier this season, Hen Hud lost by 36 points to defending Class A champ Peekskill, a team that’s favored to repeat. The second meeting, however, was much different, thanks to Boyle.
“She has the ability to put the team on her shoulders,” Sherman said about Boyle’s 27 points and 10 rebounds in a 61-50 win. “We can literately put her anywhere on the court and I can count on her to produce for us.”
The Sailors gained confidence with the win.
“We have a lot of heart and when we play with confidence, we know we can play with the best,” Boyle said.
Boyle’s unselfishness extends off the court as well. She volunteers as a coach for youth softball at Cortlandt and clinic instructor for basketball.