Girls basketball 5 players to watch in the CIAC tournaments
Makenzie Helms, East Haven: Helms can do it all on the court. She is an advanced ballhandler who can dribble penetrate with equal abilities to score or dish as well as knock down 3s from all over the floor. She makes everyone around her better and is hard to contain even when presented with specialized defenses designed to slow her. Helms will play at the University of Nebraska next season.
Iyanna Lops, Trinity Catholic: This season, Trinity Catholic center Iyanna Lops established herself as the best player in the FCIAC. The 6-foot-3 senior can score inside with a variety of moves and knock down 3s from time to time, but it is defensively were she has the biggest impact, swatting or altering shots in the paint. Lops will play next season at Division I Cal State University at Bakersfield.
Taniyah Thompson, Hamden: Few players can take over a game like Thompson. The 5-9 guard can create her own shots with outside range but prefers to get her points closer to the rim off the dribble. The senior scored 31 points in the Dragons’ SCC final win over East Haven. Thompson will play at the University of Rhode Island next season.
Tanayja London, Hillhouse: London is averaging a double-double (17.1 points, 12 rebounds) for the Academics. The 5-11 guard is a skilled ballhandler who can light it up scoring-wise from all over the court, scoring over 1,000 career points at Hillhouse. London will be taking her talents to Iona next season.
Maranda Nyborg, Bethel: Nyborg came into her own as a sophomore last season; this season she was one of the SWCs best players as a junior. The 6-2 center is a force in the paint on both ends of the floor. Hard to stop with an array of post moves, she is equally fierce on the defensive end. Nyborg is being recruited by a number of Division I schools.