State Fair Community College sophomore guard Antoinette Taylor played with some of the best sophomore women’s basketball players in the country July 25-28 during the annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend in Niceville, Fla.
“It was a wonderful experience,” said Taylor.” I got a lot of exposure and got to meet a lot of people.”
More than 100 women’s basketball players across the NJCAA were nominated for the event. A committee of coaches from across the organization (Divisions I, II and III) surveyed the nominees and selected 40 players.
The student athletes practiced position-specific drills and split into teams to scrimmage and play.
Taylor, a native of Gary, Ind., played two games and helped lead her team to victory in both. Taylor and her teammates won the first game 61-55. She contributed nine points in that contest. They also won their second game by a wide margin, and she contributed about 14 points.
“Some of the coaches said Antoinette played really well in the individual workouts,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “She was on a team that had a lot of players from around the Midwest. Their head coach was the assistant coach at Wabash Valley.”
Taylor was named to the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference team as a freshman. She also was named to the All-Region 16 First Team. Taylor averaged 14.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season. She finished second on the team in steals, registering 70 for the season. She also dished out 64 assists to finish second.
“You never know who is watching you,” said Taylor. “You have to set a good example. I have to give my all in my last year at SFCC.”