OSSINING, N.Y. When a team makes it to the state semifinals like the Ossining Pride girls basketball has, it follows it would gain attention around the state. But star Saniya Chong is also turning heads around the country.
The junior point guard recently scored her 2,000th point and added another 39 over Binghamton Friday to help lead the team to the regional championship, 90-76. In attendance at the game to scout Chong, according to earlier reports, was none other than University of Connecticut womens basketball coach Geno Auriemma. While the attention would make most nervous, Chong said after the game once I step on the court, Im fine.
But the attention is only growing. In the last week alone, Sports Illustrated and The Wall Street Journal have both recognized Chongs achievements.
Before Fridays game, The Wall Street Journal writer Scott Cacciola referred to the Ossining Pride as The Powerhouse On The Hudson.
The Pride, three wins from a state title, will carry a 22-0 record into Friday's quarterfinal against Binghamton (21-0), and the spotlight once again will find junior guard Saniya Chong, an unassuming star who has been posting video-game stats for three seasons, Cacciola wrote last week.
As for Sports Illustrated , the magazine featured Chong as one of its prep sports Faces In The Crowd.
Saniya, a 5'9" junior point guard at Ossining High, scored 31 points -- including her 2,000th career point with a free throw that completed a four-point play -- to lead the Pride to a 79-48 win over Our Lady of Lourdes High for its second straight Section 1 Class AA championship," the magazine wrote. "She also had eight assists and five boards in the win, continuing the team's undefeated season, 22-0. Saniya, who averaged 33.6 points, 9.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and five steals through Sunday, was named Tournament MVP.
The Prides next game is at 8 p.m on March 16 at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The Ossining Unified School Districts Athletics Department is organizing a bus for fans to get to the game. Those interested in joining are asked to contact Lucy Dubray at Lucymsd@aol.com by Wednesday.
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