GSB Girls' Basketball Begins Season with High Aspirations

After tremendous success in a pandemic-shortened season, the GSB Girls’ Basketball team is ready to bounce back in a big way.

Last year, GSB collected an undefeated regular season record, going 7-0 in conference play before ultimately falling to Rutgers Prep in the Skyland Conference Blue Division Final. Despite ending the season ranked #11 in the state and graduating starters Caleigh Walsh (Northwestern) and Ella Fajardo (Farleigh Dickinson), Head Coach Mark Gnapp is looking to rely on a talented roster to repeat as conference champions.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming season,” said Coach Gnapp, who is entering his 4th year at the helm of the program and 30th year as a coach alongside assistant coach Nate Suresh. “Our team will have a combination of veteran leadership along with a great group of young players. We play extremely hard and will be fun to watch.”

Senior guards Anna Gnapp, Kay Palaia, and Zyane Shepard will serve as team captains. The Knights also return junior Aniyah Boston and sophomores Brook Baisley and Jennah Johnson to round out the roster, with a litany of promising freshmen players vying for playing time. The team opens its season on December 14 in a home opener against Pope John XXII Regional High School and has strong aspirations for this year.

“We are looking to break the top 10 ranking the state again this season,” said Coach Gnapp.

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