Entering the 2015-16 season, Delmarva will see a crop of seniors that have been at the top of their game for a long time.
That being said, these five seniors are almost a lock for the All-Bayside South team at the end of the season.
Arielle Johnston, G, 2016, Crisfield
Johnston is not a basketball player per say, but there might not be anyone more critical to the team’s success. The senior guard is the floor general for the Crabbers, who were 9-14 last season. Johnston’s defense, passing and fast-break ability make her the most valuable player in each game.
Crisfield has been trending up the past few seasons. With a few other returning starters, Johnston and the Crabbers could have their best season in years. There are a lot of other guards who could fill into spot on the first team at the end of the season, but Johnston’s consistent play lands her as a preseason favorite.
Dayona Godwin, G, 2016, Stephen Decatur
There hasn’t been a more prolific player from anywhere on the court in the past few seasons. Godwin has 3-point range, the ability to dribble and drive and make her free throws.
When the team needs her, she can score almost 30 points on any night. This being her senior year, Godwin is ready to carry the load more than ever before with a younger core group than in previous years. She’s a Top 3 candidate for player of the year and the key for Decatur to repeat as Bayside champions.
Taylor Ross, G, 2016, Mardela
Undoubtedly, this is Ross’ team. The senior shooting guard wasn’t quite in the shadow of Demyra Selby over the past two years, but the former guard was the team’s go-to-player.
Now that is Ross, who made it onto the first team of the South last season. She’s improved her defense in each year, and could be poised to be a threat on that end. And when Mardela plays its best defense, the Warriors score more points.
Kayla Handy, F, 2016, Parkside
Handy emerged as a key player for the Rams in the 2014-15 season. In a guard-dominated girls basketball spectrum, having a big, powerful forward like Handy will be key in the paint for a Parkside team that looks to compete.
That being said, Handy will need to stay on the court and out of foul trouble to be a key contributor for the Rams.
Dynaisha Christian, C, 2016, Pocomoke
Last season’s Bayside South Player of the Year is capable of getting even better. Though, her 12 rebounds per game might take a dip, as the senior center said she was more focused on getting the first basket instead of multiple rebounds.
Still, Christian is a double-double machine and could average 20 points and 15 rebounds per game this season.
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