Community School girls basketball player Haley Nadeau took a strong showing in the Queen of Palms tournament and has used it to kick start the new year.
After averaging 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals a game during the Queen of Palms, Nadeau started off 2013 with a solid performance over district rival First Baptist Academy, scoring 13 points — including a perfect 10-for-10 at the free-throw line.
"She's just being Haley," Seahawks coach Mitch Woods said. "She has been really consistent for us all year. She is an all-around player whether it is in the post or hitting threes."
"In the second game my shooting was very on point," Nadeau said. "I was getting good screens and dead-on passes from my teammates so it made it easy."
"She played her role, whatever we asked of her," Woods said. "She does all of the intangible things and that will definitely carry over into the month of January and into the playoffs."
The junior credits the coaching staff for CSN's recent success, and believes that its recent momentum can carry them deep into the playoffs.
"Our coaches have done a good job of getting us ready," Nadeau said. "All year they said they we needed to play with focus, energy and composure, and I think we are doing that right now."
Alli Emerson, First Baptist basketball — Led the Lions to eighth place in the Naples Holiday Shootout with 46 points and 24 rebounds in four games.
Mackenzie Reiselt, Gulf Coast basketball — Made the all-tournament team after averaging 11 points a game at the Queen of Palms.
Maggie Bender, St. John Neumann basketball — Led the Celtics with 52 points in four games over the break.
Maria Gomez, Palmetto Ridge basketball — Scored 37 points to lead the Bears in the Queen of Palms tournament.