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    Saniya Chong, Ossining

    University of Connecticut recruit Saniya Chong became New York's single-season scoring leader with a 34-point output on Saturday as Ossining (N.Y.) defeated Gates Chili (Rochester) 86-69 for its first Class AA state championship in girls basketball.

    The 5-foot-9 guard now has 902 points as a senior, eclipsing the record of 892 set by Caryn Schoff in the 1994-95 season. She also has 2.962 career points - No. 4 in state history - and has one final chance to add to her totals next Saturday when Ossining plays for the Federation title in Albany.

    The New York Gatorade Player of the Year received high praise from her coach, Dan Ricci, who told Lohud.com. that she "is the best. She's not a cocky kid. She just brushes it off. It's not about her. It's about the team."

    Chong deserves extra credit for sparking a very young team to a 22-4 record, with all four losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents, according to Lohud.com.

    Backing her up with 14 points each were sophomore Jalay Knowles and eighth grader Andra Espinoza-Hunter.
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    Saniya Chong, Ossining

    Saniya Chong won't soon forget this past week.

    The 5-foot-9 senior guard from Ossining (N.Y.) set a new state career record with 280 3-point baskets. She also broke the Section I career scoring record - which had stood since 1987 -  while scoring 40 points during a 89-56 victory over Blind Brook (Rye Brook, N.Y.). She now has 2,664 points. Her 500th career rebound was another impressive milestone.

    The University of Connecticut recruit was rewarded with a berth in the prestigious Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game, which will include the nation's top 20 seniors, on April 6 in New Orleans, La.

    Chong told Lohud.com, "I would say this is by far the best week ever with so many accomplishments. Things are just getting better."

    *Kentucky's highest scorer this year is a freshman girl, according to Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  He reports that 5-8 Whitney Creech of tiny Jenkins (Ky.) is averaging 31.4 points and already has 1,770 career points. That includes a big 52-point game during which she was held scoreless in the first quarter, but helped her team overcome a 20-point deficit to post a 72-67 win. She's shot over 200 free throws due to her ability to penetrate defenses.

    Jenkins coach Ashley Addington told Fields, "I was expecting great things from Whitney this season, but what she's doing is beyond that. She's as smooth a ballplayer as I've ever seen. It's weird to say, but she plays like a boy."

    "Junior Taylor Enlow pulled down a school-record 32 rebounds as Paris (Ky.) defeated Riverside Christian (Lost Creek, Ky.). The record of 26 had stood since 1990.

    *Georgia Tech recruit Kaela Davis has quit the Buford (Ga.) basketball team, according to the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The 6-2 senior, ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation by one recruiting service, had played on state championship teams at two different high schools and averaged 18.5 points as a junior. She is the daughter of former NBA player Antonio Davis.
  • One of the most prolific scorers and offensive weapons in high school girls basketball has committed to UConn.

    Saniya Chong, a tremendously skilled and savvy 5-foot-9 guard from Ossining (N.Y.), told UConn coach Geno Auriemma Saturday she had made up her mind.

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    Saniya Chong, Ossining

    Chong had also visited Ohio State and Louisville and considered Maryland before picking the Huskies. She told The Journal News she was excited, relieved and happy.

    "All the colleges, basically every college has the same concept," she told the newspaper. "But UConn, I just really fell in love with it – the players, the campus, how close it is to home, the staff, the coach."

    Chong was ninth in the country in scoring last season at 33.3 per game. Of her 277 baskets, 100 were on 3-point makes and she made 78 percent on free throws.

    She's far from just a shooter, however, and is probably a better penetrator and distributor. She averaged 9.7 assists per game to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game.

    Chong has scored 2,060 points in her career and Ossining is 61-9 in that time.
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    Saniya Chong

    Ossining (N.Y.) standout Saniya Chong certainly knows how to make an impression in front of the nation's top college basketball coaches.

    As reported by The Journal News, Chong averaged 40 points in six games while playing for her club team – the Hudson River Breeze - at the Blue Chip USA Invitational this past weekend.

    The newspaper reported Chong scored 53 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as UConn coach Geno Auriemma looked on during one of the games. This past season, the 5-foot-9 point guard averaged more than 33 points, 9.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 5 steals in leading Ossining to a 23-1 record.

    She reportedly has Louisville, Maryland, Ohio State and UConn on her short list of schools.

    "I told her wherever she goes, she can't make a bad decision — they're all four great schools," Ossining and Hudson River Breeze coach Dan Ricci told the newspaper.

  • Her teammates say she's not really comfortable in the limelight. But Saniya Chong better start getting used to it.

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    Saniya Chong after elusive state title.

    The Ossining (N.Y.) junior already passed the 2,0000 career scoring mark during a 79-48 win over Lourdes in the Section 1 Class AA championship game at Westchester County Center last week.

    Chong, who we featured two weeks ago, scored another 31 points and added eight rebounds and five assists as her team improved to 22-0.

    According to lohud.com, Chong reached the 2,000th career with 2:26 left in the third quarter on a four-point play.

    She averages a whopping 33.6 points per game along with 9.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game. Ossining plays Friday in the Regional final Friday against the Section 9 winner.
  • Capital Prep (Hartford, Conn.) outlasted Classical Magnet (Hartford, Conn.) in double overtime during the Doc Hurley Scholarship Basketball Classic, 120-116.

    Junior guard Kahlil Dukes exploded for 51 points for Capital Prep. His 3-pointer from 25 feet away with 2.7 seconds left sent the game into its second overtime. He also made four straight free throws in the second overtime to help secure the victory.

    Senior Jaquann Starks scored 47 points in a losing effort.