Christy mak­ing her mark

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Basketball - By Rich DePreta rde­[email protected]­for­dad­vo­

STAM­FORD — She can suc­ceed with cre­ativ­ity. She blos­soms with speed. She can thrive with smarts. She can pros­per on ex­act­ing tech­nique.

At any mo­ment, Alonna Christy can be a ma­gi­cian on the bas­ket­ball court.

The 5-foot-5 se­nior guard has en­thralled King School girls bas­ket­ball fans for four sea­sons.

And Christy’s Vik­ings’ legacy will be etched for­ever on the wall of the King gym.

Christy has used all her tal­ents to be­come the seventh King School girls bas­ket­ball player to join the Vik­ings’ 1,000 ca­reer-point club.

For­mer St. John’s bas­ket­ball stand­out Bri­ana Brown stands alone as King’s only 2,000 ca­reer-point scorer, amass­ing 2,203 points be­fore grad­u­at­ing in 2010.

Natalie Wind (1,000th point: Dec. 18, 2015), Ta­tiana Brown (1,000th point: Jan. 8, 2013), Domonique Carter-Stan­ley (1,000th point: Jan. 19, 2013), Keri DeMar (1000th point: Feb. 16, 2006) and Ash­ley Gray (1,000 point: in 2003) were joined by Christy back on De­cem­ber 7 against Har­vey School.

“It took a while to sink in. Now that I’ve had some time to think about it, it feels very spe­cial,” Christy said. “To be one of only seven girls with 1,000 points, shows that I’ve made my mark here at King. It’s a very hard goal to achieve.”

Af­ter scor­ing a game­high 30 points in last Tues­day’s 65-45 loss to Hamden Hall, Christy now has 1,107 points in her King girls bas­ket­ball ca­reer.

Ev­ery Fairch­ester Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion and non­league con­test, Christy bat­tles among the giants on the court.

She is King’s point guard and scor­ing guard all rolled into one. She is the ball­han­dler break­ing the op­po­si­tion’s press. She is the gen­eral that gets King into its half­court of­fense against the en­emy of the 30-se­cond shot clock. She is of­ten the re­bounder, es­pe­cially on long car­oms off missed 3-point­ers.

She is the lead­ing scorer for King (1-5 over­all) de­spite hav­ing the gi­ant tar­get on her back.

In four years, she’s gone from the pre­co­cious fresh­man to the se­nior sage and voice of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My fresh­man year felt like it crawled along. Now my time at King feels like a blink of the eye,” Christy said. “I won­dered my first day of prac­tice as a fresh­man if I’d fit in. Now I’m the sea­soned vet­eran help­ing the other young­sters fit in. I like be­ing ac­count­able and im­part­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Be­ing a leader. Em­brac­ing point-guard du­ties. Christy’s ver­sa­til­ity will be her call­ing card as she pur­sues play­ing women’s col­lege bas­ket­ball.

That process is on­go­ing with no def­i­nite de­ci­sion yet. So each game this sea­son is a dig­i­tal show­case for Christy

Ev­ery trip down­court is a chance for Christy to reach deep into her bag of tal­ents. The big­gest key is she plays fear­lessly.

She can drive down an open sliver in the lane. She can pull up quickly for a step­back mid-range jumper. She can rise up quickly for an open 3-pointer against a de­fender play­ing back to stop drive pen­e­tra­tion.

She does not shy away from con­tact, so she draws fouls. The free-throw line is Christy’s oa­sis of peace. No ob­sta­cles, plenty of time and clear sight­lines to the hoop.

Christy was 12 of 12 from the line be­fore just miss­ing her 13th free throw with 21 sec­onds left last Tues­day against Hamden Hall.

“Dur­ing the sum­mer, I’d prac­tice bas­ket­ball three hours al­most ev­ery morn­ing,” Christy said. “I’d come back later in the af­ter­noon to weight train, get stronger. I worked on all my skills.”

Alonna watched her older sis­ter Aliyah play bas­ket­ball at King and even­tu­ally be­come a walkon at the Uni­ver­sity of New Haven. Alonna watched Aliyah fight thru mul­ti­ple ACL in­juries.

That’s when bas­ket­ball be­came pre­cious to her.

“In bas­ket­ball un­der­dogs can al­ways come back. There is al­ways the op­por­tu­nity for your team to win,” Alonna Christy said. “The key is you have to work hard enough. I’ve al­ways had the col­lec­tive sup­port of my whole fam­ily be­hind me.”

Christy was for­tu­nate to be coached in her early years at King by for­mer Hard­ing High School, Bos­ton Col­lege and 11-year NBA stand­out John Ba­gley.

“Coach Ba­gley taught me how to shoot and how to drib­ble. To have a for­mer NBA player coach you is a bless­ing,” Christy said. “He knows so much about the game of bas­ket­ball. He can im­part all the tools and the knowl­edge nec­es­sary to help you be­come a very good bas­ket­ball player.”

King’s first-year coach Greg Flem­ing is very happy to have Christy on his side.

“She is the brains of the op­er­a­tion at both ends of the court. She is the ex­ten­sion of the coach out there,” Flem­ing said. “She leads by ex­am­ple. And she talks to all the other play­ers with great lead­er­ship. I had to play my se­nior year for a new coach so I know how she feels. To her credit, she has bought into be­ing the foun­da­tion of what King girls bas­ket­ball can be­come over time. She’s re­cep­tive to coach­ing. We’re try­ing to ex­pand her mid-range game.”

In the mean­time, Christy will con­tinue to do her best to seize the op­por­tu­nity and seize the mo­ment.

“It would be easy to wish that I was taller,” Christy said. “But I know I have tal­ents other play­ers don’t. I just have to use ev­ery­thing I’ve got to my ad­van­tage.”

Tyler Size­more / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

King’s Alonna Christy con­trols the ball in a game be­tween King School and Hamden Hall at King School in Stam­ford on Tues­day.

Tyler Size­more / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

King’s Alonna Christy passes against the Hamden Hall de­fense at King School in Stam­ford on Tues­day.

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