While their postseason run ended sooner than they would have wanted, the GSB Girls’ Basketball team demonstrated how teamwork, determination, and heart pay off.
The Knights finished the season with a record of 18-9, including a commanding 8-2 record in Skyland-Delaware divisional matchups and a first place finish at the Paterson Kennedy Christmas Tournament. The 18-victory season tied their mark from last year and reinforced the team’s reputation as one of top program’s in the state. The Knights climbed as high as #13 in NJ.com’s Top 20 rankings.
With ten different players logging significant playing time, Coach Gnapp utilized a deeply talented roster to build a team-first philosophy. Junior Brooke Baisley (13.4 PPG) led the Knight in scoring and steals, serving as the Knight’s catalyst all season long. Sophomores Maya Abramson (8.6 PPG), Sidney Quinn (7.6 PPG), and Gandy Malou-Mamel (7.5 PPG) chipped in every statistical category, dominating rebounds on a nightly basis while providing timely scoring and great team-oriented basketball.
Guards Jennah Johnson (7.3 PPG) and Tessa Lozner (3.4 APG) served as key playmakers and facilitators for the team’s balanced offense, while Senior Aniyah Boston and Sophomore Cassidy Moore made their presence felt on the defensive half by locking down opponents. Freshmen Ava Fajardo and Stella Lockhart each contributed valuable overall performances in their first year with the program.
While Head Coach Mark Gnapp was proud of how the team played against top competition, he credited much of this season’s success to his captains, Boston, Johnson, and Baisley.
“Aniyah, Jennah, and Brooke really set a great example for younger players to follow,” commented Gnapp.
“I felt like this team competed each day in practice and it really showed during the games. These girls have a tremendous work ethic.”
With a challenging regular season schedule, the Knights picked up key victories against Skyland Conference opponents while taking on top teams across the state. The team also picked up a lofty out-of-state win with a 37-31 victory against Springfield Central (MA) in the Rose Classic Super Jam held in Brooklyn, NY. Their efforts earned them a #2 seed in the Somerset County Tournament and Prep A Tournament. The Knights fell in the title game of both tournaments against rival Rutgers Prep and Blair Academy, respectively.
Coach Gnapp knows that the Knights will be ready for the challenge next season.
“I am hoping that the two championships that we lost in will provide us with off season motivation,” said Gnapp. “We are looking to win the Somerset County and state sectional championship next season.”