She can play the point and distribute the ball to open teammates. She can shoot the three whether it is contested or not. A pull-up jumper is commonplace. Need someone to penetrate and attack the rim? She can post up any player in the province and dominate in the paint. She can devastate a team with end-to-end passes that will lead to transition lay-ups. Her court savvy is beyond her years of experience.
“Courtnay Pylipaitis is a coach’s answer to a multidimensional player that everyone yearns for. This grade eleven St. Peters High School student would be coveted by any high school coach as was evident with her play during the 2004 senior girls’ basketball season,” stated Mario Gaetano, Pilypaitis’ high school coach.
Pilypaitis led the Knights to an NCSSAA city championship for the second year in a row and was instrumental in her team’s silver medal performance in ‘AAA’ play hosted in her hometown of Ottawa. She averaged 19 PPG, shooting 39.2% from the three, 9.36 RPG, and dishing out 8 APG. She also helped her provincial teammates capture Gold during the summer of 2004, as a starter. Not a bad year for the 5-11 play maker.
As a CIS recruit, Pylipaitis will be ‘courted’ from coast to coast and she will undoubtedly have to decide if she will compete as a CIS player or head down south to the NCAA level as she is already garnering interest from a few Division 1 schools.
BioSteel All-Canadian game to feature best female HS players
Canada’s best female high school players are about to step into the spotlight.
They’ll be front and centre March 31 at the inaugural BioSteel All Canadian Girls Basketball Game in Toronto, an historic event that showcases the next generation of female talent.
“The inclusion of a true nation-wide All Canadian Girls Game is the biggest step the All Canadian event has had happen since the inaugural Boys Game,” said Jesse Tipping, executive director of BioSteel All Canadian Games, in a statement.
“It has always been the intent of the management committee to work towards an event that includes both boys and girls showcased on a national stage. Just like on the boys’ side, female Canadian basketball players are playing at the highest level in the world and the growth of the game is truly seen across both genders.
“Canada Basketball has been an integral part in the facilitation of the girls’ events and we are thrilled to have their support.”
An eight-person selection committee will select 24 elite players to participate in the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. on March 31 at the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
The selection committee will feature a cross-section of Canadian basketball stakeholders, including provincial and territorial representatives, clubs and coaches from across the country, according to a news release.
Girls selected to the game will participate in a variety of festivities, including practices, media availability and the 2019 Nike Skills Challenge.
Linh Nguyen, coordinator of high performance for Ontario Basketball, has been announced as chair of the Girls’ Selection Committee.
“I am extremely excited and honoured to be named as the Selection Committee chair,” said Nguyen. “Girls basketball in Canada has seen immense growth over the last few years, it is exciting to be able to showcase the talent and hard work of all the top student-athletes from across the country.”
BioSteel All Canadian Basketball Games is also set to host the first regional Nike All Canadian Girls Futures Game, which will feature top Grade 9 and 10 high school players from Ontario.
“BioSteel has always looked to support both boys and girls achieving their athletic dreams and we are excited to be able to launch this game and facilitate the growth of girls’ basketball in Canada,” said John Celenza, CEO and co-founder, BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc.
“We look forward to watching the future success of all the girls participating in this event.”
15-Year Old Canadian Laeticia Amihere Throws Down Hard One-hander
The game is changing across Canada…
In a basketball first, 15-year old Laeticia Amihere became the first Canadian high school basketball to dunk in a basketball game.
In over 15 years of covering Canadian basketball I can’t recall a Canadian female attempt a dunk, rather completing one with oomph in game. The dunk has the Internets buzzing with Amihere’s name already being tossed around as potential No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA.