It’s a great time to be a part of Peekskill girls basketball. The team has been met with so much warmth in school and in its city since returning Saturday night from Troy where it added its first state title to its first sectional and regional championships.
“Back in school in today, everybody congratulated us when we were walking down the hall,” senior center Sheridan Taylor said over the phone on Monday. “They were excited that we won and kept saying, ‘You guys will win Federation.’ We’ve just got to hope that we win Federation. But it’s been a fun day today.”
The 24-1 Red Devils got a ticket right into the Class A Federation final at 12:15 Saturday at Albany’s Times Union Center. They will meet the winner of Friday’s semifinal there between PSAL champ Wings Academy and CHSAA champ Archbishop Molloy. Win or lose, coach Rodney Headley Jr. said there’s talk of a parade in Peekskill coming for the team.
Headley said there has been something else that has come out of this great postseason journey — increased college interest in some of his players.
“Before that, during the season, there was small interest,” Headley said. “But after our sectional run and then our state championship run, there’s been more and more college coaches saying, ‘We’d like to speak with her. We’d like her to come visit.’ ”
Headley said junior point guard Asia Jackson, the MVP of the final four and the team’s leading scorer at 14.7 per game, senior forward Jazmin Garcia, the second-leading scorer at 14.5 and rebounder at 8 per game, senior forward Tasia Nolan, the leading rebounder at 9 per game, and Taylor all have offers.
Jackson is drawing interest from Division I, Garcia from Division I and II and Nolan from Division I, II and III. Taylor said the interest in her has remained the same. She’s being sought by D-III programs. The two at the top of her list right now are Baruch and Emmanuel of Boston.
“Once the season is over after Saturday,” Headley said, “I’m pretty sure within the next couple of weeks after that they’ll be able to make some decisions.”