Newbies play key role in North Point girls reaching states
Freshmen, junior transfer make big impact in program’s road to states
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).