When fans look in the Slam Dunk Tournament program next year and flip to the tournament’s top performances, they’re going to see Lanay Rodney’s name quite a bit.
The senior Peekskill forward dominated at this year’s tournament, scoring at least 30 points in both games — a feat only accomplished by Ossining alumna Saniya Chong (twice) and Irvington alumna Brittni Lai — en route to the silver ball for the Lady Red Devils.
Rodney’s respective games of 30 and 36 points in the semifinals and finals landed her in the top-20 single-game scoring performances, adding to her 28-point game from last year. Only Chong, who has won two NCAA titles with UConn, has more appearances on the list (four).
In runaway fashion, Rodney is this week’s lohud girls basketball player of the week.
After she nearly outscored a state-ranked Penfield team at the half of the championship game, 25-23, it was obvious that Rodney had plans of making the game her own. Penfield struggled to contain her until the final minutes of the game, but the D-I recruit had already done more than enough damage to get Peekskill its second title in three years (Peekskill was not in last year’s tournament).
Chances are that we’ll see Rodney and the Lady Red Devils back at the County Center in late-February, when they look to add a gold ball to its trophy case under first-year head coach Kimberly Saxton.
And we’ll all be watching to see what she does for an encore.
Journal News/lohud.com girls basketball beat reporter Mike Zacchio will pick a player of the week to be announced every Sunday. Fans, coaches, players, etc. can nominate players via Twitter (@Zacchio_LoHud), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or text (if you have my number).
Please include the players’ name, school, grade, position and stats for the week (all matches from Monday through Sunday, if they played that morning). Tournament performances (all-tournament team, tournament MVP, team win, etc.) count towards this award, even if you don’t have exact stats.
Example: Brooke Davis, Tree Hill H.S., Sr., PG: Brooke had 85 points, 42 rebounds, 41 assists and 15 steals in the Ravens’ wins this week over Catalano, Keller, McFadden and Taylor High. She was also MVP of the Whitey Durham Invitational on Saturday.
There is no limit to how many times a player can win during the season. I will do my best to pick the best candidate. Sometimes that will be a repeat winner. I’ll try to spread the love as much as I can, but as the saying goes, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.”
Announcements will usually be posted in the afternoons or evenings. Please try to submit all nominations by Saturday night (or sooner, if the team does not have a tournament/match over the weekend).