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Monday, January 4, 2010

Schissler Piling Up The Points

The way Branford coach Ted Kaczynski illustrates what Courtney Schissler faces on a game-by-game basis, it’s difficult to understand how she is managing to lead the area in scoring.

Kaczynski rattles off schemes like box-and-one, double team and ball denial. Schissler is undoubtedly the focal point of opposing defenses.

As Kaczynski carries on, it becomes clear as to why Schissler remains effective.

“It’s her desire and aggressiveness,” he says about his Bryant-bound senior. “She makes the most of her opportunities and does what it takes to score.”

Kaczynski follows that up with some stats. Of course, there is her 23.2 points per game. The 5-foot-11 Schissler is also averaging 11 rebounds per game and gets a lot of points off putbacks.

When she gets the ball near the basket, she finishes. Schissler is shooting 57 percent from the field, not to mention 90 percent from the free-throw line.

She can shoot too, and will play on the wing at Bryant. But she hasn’t gotten much of an opportunity to showcase her jumper, since opposing defenses smother her when she touches the ball.

Schissler averaged 18.9 points and pulled down 11.1 rebounds last year, and was a Register All-Area selection. She continues to progress. Kaczynski says she is learning to move without the ball this year and he hopes the Hornets’ scoring will become more balanced, consequently opening more up for Schissler.

Regardless, she will likely still find ways to score.

“She’s a coach’s nightmare to prepare for,” West Haven coach Jim Eagan said of Schissler, who dropped 24 points earlier this season against the Westies. “She’s a complete player. She can post up and go outside and shoot the jumper. She has the whole package. She’s one of the best players I’ve gone up against in my 30 years.”

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