By Christian Mordi / @thedribbledrop
Team: Hudson Catholic
Record Last season: 21-4, 13-1 in division play
Key players: Haylee Ramirez, Senior
Zanai Jones, Sophomore
Ineysiah Surrell, senior
Potential emerging stars: Jayden Watson, sophomore
Team analysis: Hudson Catholic is onto something special.
This 21 win squad is a year older and looks more experienced across the board. Sensational sophomore point guard Zanai Jones is one of the best floor generals in the state. Jones does a fantastic job creating for herself and for others. In the 2018 season, Jones averaged a whopping 8 assists per game. Another key player on HC is sophomore Jayden Watson. The Stretch forward is a lethal shooter from three and will attack you off the bounce in a hiccup if needed. Look for Watson to produce very solid numbers in a bigger role this year.
The heartbeat of this team is senior guard Haylee Ramirez. The NYC Exodus guard is one of the best shooters in the state. Her ability to knock down shots from WAY behind the three point line make it virtually impossible to sit in a zone for long against this team. Ramirez has also taken great strides in her ability to attack and rim and create points for herself and others off the bounce.
Hudson is at their best playing fast. Look for this team to throw a bunch of different defensive looks at teams in an effort to create turnovers and keep the game in transistion. If Hudson can continue to improve in the half court and rebound the ball at a strong clip, this team could win the County Chip and make a deep run come tourney time.
Stat to know: Haylee Ramirez is on pace to break the 1,000 point mark early in the season.