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.