Lacassine’s Sydnie Cooley’s purpose for her appreciate of basketball is very simple.
“I just like to engage in it,” Cooley stated.
But her function on the court docket is nearly anything but basic. Lacassine head coach Jeremy Hollier phone calls the junior guard the Cardinals’ “jack-of-all-trades.”
“There is not considerably on the ground that she just cannot do,” Hollier claimed. “Everything will undoubtedly revolve all-around her offensively.
“Defensively, she is stable and rebounds the ball well. She is competitive and would like to earn. She is a jack-of-all-trades. She will do anything for us. There are not a lot of holes in her game. She is most likely one of our ideal rebounders, shooters, and smartest players. She is also pretty humble.”
Lacassine has averaged additional than 20 wins around the past four seasons with Cooley in the lineup.
Cooley can push into the lane and split defenses, set up a teammate or drain 3-tips. Past time in a 54-50 typical-time earn above Course C runner-up Reeves, Cooley scored 28 factors, such as a pair of match-altering 3-pointers. She averaged 17.6 details, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 helps, and 3.6 steals a sport as a sophomore.
She is also not fearful to struggle in the lane on defense. In the Class B semifinals in 2020, Cooley had a double-double with 17 factors and 11 rebounds.
“She has progressed in all factors just about every calendar year,” Hollier claimed. “It has been remarkable to observe, and it is a testament to her and her tough do the job.
“She is effective challenging at it and cares about it. On prime of that, she is a excellent scholar and a excellent teammate, and a seriously good child. I am truly proud of her.”
She received her very first flavor of varsity basketball as a seventh-grader, and her position expanded the adhering to year just after a teammate went down with an injury
“I can don’t forget that we had an personal injury to where by she was commencing and taking part in a huge position for us as an eighth-grader,” Hollier said. “She was in my eighth quality P.E. class, and we would operate on stuff each working day. She would be pretty worn out by the end of it. We would perform on various things every working day.”
After the 2020-2021 season ended with a 1-point regional spherical loss to Glenmora, Cooley has been doing work difficult this summer to assistance the Cardinals return to the point out match.
“I have been managing much more and performing on my shooting,” Cooley explained. “I like all of my teammates.
“They are definitely great. I consider we can go the prime-28.”
The Cardinals have 4 seniors this period but search to Cooley as a source of management as properly.
“She is a lot more seasoned than anyone (on the workforce) seriously,” Hollier mentioned. “They glance to her for management and steerage, and she does a fantastic position of encouraging our other players.
“She is going to be like Inspector Gadget. She will have each software that we want. She will do a small little bit of every thing.”