Now that the Mid-Penn’s girls basketball season is at its midway point, we’re taking the time to step back and check out the names in the headlines.
Frankly, there are more than a few top players making news on the hardwood, some that weren’t getting a ton of press heading into the season. But, they’ve been busy keeping their names in print and online at PennLive.com, and we expect that to continue as the stretch run begins.
Below is a look at five girls basketball players who have emerged as team leaders due to their style and skill set. We call it PennLive’s Mid-Penn “Off-the Radar” team, although all selections are clearly problems for the opposition now.
School: Central Dauphin
Buzz: Let’s be honest, there are easier tasks than standing out on such a stocked Central Dauphin roster. Climbing Mount Everest is one. Carding three birdies on Amen Corner at Augusta National is another. You get the point. Green has been a tough-as-nails contributor to the overall success of the Rams, who were prepping for Wednesday’s Commonwealth Division showdown at Cumberland Valley. Green’s work on the boards (5.9 rpg.) has been particularly helpful and she’s racked up 23 assists and 24 steals to boot.
School: Camp Hill
Buzz: We tagged Lions’ veteran Kendal McCall for her blue-collar efforts in an earlier post Thursday. Goodwin earned her position here because the 6-foot-2 forward is putting the same kind of desire and workmanlike numbers on display every time Camp Hill takes the floor. There is plenty of high-end players running around the MPC and Goodwin is as close to averaging a double-double as any of them, with 8.2 points and 9.4 caroms a game. That’s impressive when you mix in her 21 steals and 26 blocked shots. The junior is officially on the radar now.
Buzz: It’s understandable why Noblit was truly “off the radar” as the 5-2 guard is just beginning her first varsity season. But not many freshmen make this type of early impact. While Noblit is lucky to have a talented group of experienced teammates to play with, her on-court presence and advanced hoops IQ has gone a long way in the Blue Devils’ 7-1 start. She’s tucked right behind senior Sayge Wilhide and sophomore Mia Libby at 9 points per game, and Noblit, who has dished out 24 assists, has proven to be a disruptive force on the defensive side, as well. She’s second on the squad with 24 steals.
School: Lower Dauphin
Buzz: In case you missed it, the Falcons are surging as coach Tim Goss & Co. have secured five consecutive wins and are serious threats in the Keystone Division race. Lower Dauphin is trying to land a top 4 seed in the District 3 postseason, as well. While Weigher is no stranger to productive minutes and slick stat lines, the power forward has showed a far more refined game since the January start. And, that aggressive behavior inside has been huge. Weigher, who can step out and connect from long range, is contributing 7 points per game and has 32 rebounds to go along 9 blocked shots.
Buzz: You might recall that we selected Trinity’s Dorsey in this space about 12 months ago. Well, we’re going to strengthen our argument for the same reasons affixed to CD’s Green. The Shamrocks are littered with veterans who have secured a ton of wins over the last couple of years and a versatile player like Dorsey, a huge part of that success, should not be overlooked. Coach Kristi Britten knows she could plug the 5-foot-8 senior in the line-up at any position and the end result would be a confident, 100-percent effort from start to finish. Dorsey simply goes about her business and finds a way to get the job done. Dorsey is posting 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
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