The GSB Girls’ Basketball program finished their 2021-22 season with much to be proud of. The Knights (18-6) recorded the most team wins since their 2015 season and were recognized as one of the top teams in the state, climbing to as high as #12 in the NJ.com power rankings. The team also collected their second consecutive Skyland Delaware Division title.
The talented roster was paced offensively by their two leading scorers, sophomores Brooke Baisley (11.2 points per game) and Jennah Johnson (10.7 points and 3.4 assists per game). Baisley, who also led the Knights with 7.3 rebounds per game, contributed one of the most memorable moments of the season with a game-winning buzzer beater to beat perennial powerhouse Franklin 35-33.
Other key contributors throughout the season were junior Aniyah Boston, Gill’s best defender, and valuable minutes from freshmen newcomers Maya Abramson, Tessa Lozner, and Sidney Quinn. Perhaps most important to the team’s success, however, was the senior leadership displayed by co-captains Anna Gnapp, Kayla Palaia, and Zyane Shepard.
“Our three captains really helped change the culture of the program during their four years,” said Head Coach Mark Gnapp, who recorded his 300th career win during the season.
“They did so much on and off the court. They are perfect examples of student-athletes that really represent GSB to the highest level.”
While the team fell just short of their playoff aspirations with losses to fellow elite programs Rutgers Prep in the Somerset County finals and Saddle River Day in the North Non-Public B semifinals, Coach Gnapp believes the season was an outstanding success that will propel the program into next year.
“I am so proud of how hard our team competed, and I loved how well we played together,” commented Gnapp. “We just graduated 90% of our offense from last year, so outside expectations were not set that high. We really exceeded what anyone expected.”