New­bies play key role in North Point girls reach­ing states

Fresh­men, ju­nior trans­fer make big im­pact in pro­gram’s road to states

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The pri­mary an­chors of the North Point girls bas­ket­ball team this sea­son have been se­nior combo guards Necole “Coco” Hope and Aliyah Bul­lock.

How­ever, four tal­ented fresh­men and a ju­nior trans­fer have been key con­trib­u­tors in their own way in the Ea­gles’ quest to get back to the Class 4A state tour­na­ment at Tow­son Univer- sity’s SECU Arena.

Fresh­men Sy­nia Johnson, Kennedy Davis, Rheyna Wash­ing­ton, Sa­marra Bynum and ju­nior Camille Robin­son, who trans­ferred from Grace Chris­tian Academy in Wal­dorf, all have de­liv­ered in dif­fer­ent roles on the court en route to the pro­gram’s Po­tomac Di­vi­sion, South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence and 4A East Re­gion ti­tles so far this win­ter.

The Ea­gles (23-3 over­all) took on Ca­tonsville of Bal­ti­more County on Thurs­day in the state semi­fi­nals, which ended too late for in­clu­sion into this edi­tion. The win­ner earned a berth to the Satur­day’s state cham­pi­onship game to take on the win­ner of Thurs­day’s other semi­fi­nal be­tween Eleanor Roo­sevelt of Prince Ge­orge’s County and de­fend­ing state cham­pion Walt Whit­man of Mont­gomery County. Walt Whit­man ended North Point’s sea­son in the state semi­fi­nals a sea­son ago.

Hope, Bul­lock, sopho­more Latavia Jack­son and se­niors Nyah Ge­orge and Ki­aura Lee are the only re­turn­ing play­ers on the ros­ter that have been to states.

As the sea­son has pro­gressed, Ser­pone’s fresh­men and new­comer Robin­son picked up con­fi­dence and made great strides.

“Our new­bies, ev­ery one of them have their own niché and we’ve had girls that have been to the big stage be­fore, so that lead­er­ship has been very im­por­tant,” said Ser­pone, who led the Ea­gles to their sixth re­gion crown in seven years on March 3 with a 72-50 win over vis­it­ing Sev­erna Park of Anne Arun­del County. “Last year we went 24-3 and this sea­son the ex­pec­ta­tions did not change. Early on with new play­ers we had to fig­ure out what would work best, but the light bulb came on and we’ve made a strong run and our goal is to win a state cham­pi­onship.”

Johnson, the team’s start­ing point guard, has been a valu­able as­set as the floor gen­eral for the Ea­gles.

The star-stud­ded fresh­man has had no prob­lem ad­just­ing to the high school ranks as she is fourth in scor­ing on the team at 11.2 points per game, sec­ond in re­bound­ing (7.1 per game) and first in as­sists (3.6 per game).

“The se­niors have helped me out a lot. My role hasn’t been easy, but ev­ery pos­ses­sion is im­por­tant and my job is to take care of the ball and stay ac­tive on de­fense,” Johnson said. “I’ve grown a lot from the start of the sea­son, but it is very ex­cit­ing that we ad­vanced to states.”

Ser­pone added: “Sy­nia’s

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON North Point start­ing fresh­man point guard Sy­nia Johnson, pic­tured here in a Jan. 18 con­test ver­sus Thomas Stone, has had no prob­lem ad­just­ing to the high school ranks as she is fourth in scor­ing on the team at 11.2 points per game, sec­ond in re­bound­ing (7.1 per game) and first in as­sists (3.6 per game).

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