Taylor Lloyd isn’t really known for her offense. She usually leaves that to Baytania Newman, Angel Porter and Jasmine Odom – her teammates on the South Shore girls’ basketball team.
“She’s a defensive player,” Vikings coach Anwar Gladden said. “She guards the other team’s top offensive threat.”
But Sunday, Lloyd was South Shore’s top offensive threat. The junior guard had 15 points to lead the Vikings to a 50-40 win against Notre Dame Academy at the Aviator Basketball Fall Classic in Brooklyn.
South Shore (3-0) loves to press and excels on the run and that’s where Lloyd comes in. She’s a speed demon and has quick hands with the mindset to strip her opponents’ of the ball. In many ways, her offense Sunday was due to her defense.
“I bring energy,” Lloyd said. “I’m not the strongest offensive player.”
The Vikings led 30-28 at the end of the third quarter, but took off in the fourth and put away the Gators. Odom and Porter each scored 10 points apiece. Rachel Rusi had nine points and Katelyn Hepworth and Breanne Gasser added eight each for NDA (0-2).
Odom is one of the top sophomores in the city and Porter and Newman are both getting Division I attention, but Lloyd showed how much of a key she was to South Shore’s success Sunday.
“She’s the fastest kid on the team,” Gladden said. “By the end of the year, more people will know about her.”
Manhattan Center 53, St. John Villa 39: Virginia-bound senior China Crosby had 18 points and Aziza Patterson had 12 points for Manhattan Center. Shpresa Liharevic had 18 for St. John Villa.
Grand Street Campus 43, Poly Prep 40: Natasha Kettries had 10 points and Simone Victory added nine for Grand Street. Kelsey Donohue led Poly Prep with 17 points.
Lincoln 24, St. Vincent Ferrer 20: Tanisha Montague and Tyana Hale each had nine points for Lincoln.
Kennedy 47, Notre Dame Academy 40: Teara Shaw had 24 points and Robyn Jenkins added 10 points for JFK. Katelyn Hepworth and Karina Picciallo each had nine points for Notre Dame.
Truman 42, Lincoln 25: Kaydine Bent led Truman with 16 points and Dayanara Rodriguez had 11 points for Lincoln.
Baruch College Campus 53, Medgar Evers 52: Diana Choibekova had 16 points, Destiny Freeman had 15 points and Ismeta Kolenovic added 12 for Baruch. Ashley Castle led all scorers with 29 points and Jasmin Robinson had 14 points for Medgar Evers.
McKee/Staten Island Tech 37, Boys & Girls 31: Kaitlyn Astel had 20 points to lead Tech. Michelle Peebles had 11 points and Lateefah Salters added 10 for Boys & Girls.
St. Joseph Hill 43, St. Dominic 21: Keelan Smith led St. Joseph Hill with 12 points.