North Jersey has a lot of great shooting guards in high school girls’ basketball. The best shooting guards are consistent from the three-point line. They can nail a shot regardless of whether or not the ball is passed from inside to out, from the top of the key, from the wing, or on a skip pass. They are also able to shoot off the dribble if they get contested. Additionally, these players can take the ball all the way to the basket if the mid-range is contested as well.
Some of the top shooting guards in North Jersey earned their starting position by mastering at least one of the above criteria, but some have mastered all.
New Providence’s Sydney Morgan is a junior on her way to Florida. She scored her 1,000th point sophomore year. She is a 6 foot guard who can create her own scoring opportunities from the wing. She is one of the top scorers in New Jersey.
Phillipsburg’s Jess Kovatch is a 5’9″ senior shooting guard who has set multiple records for her school. She is on her way to St. Francis (PA). She can shoot from the outside, but scores the most from shooting off the dribble or going strong to the basket. She also works for offensive rebounds.
Blair’s sophomore Andra Espinoza-Hunter is a tall shooting guard who has verballed to UConn. She is quick and artistic. She can score from the outside, but is very good at driving to the basket. She is fundamentally sound and can use pivots to get open and score.
Life Center’s 6 foot senior shooting guard Aliyah Jeune is on her way to Rutgers. She is strong and attacks the basket with strength and velocity. She can break down even five defenders, score, and draw fouls. As an 8th grader, middleschoolelite.com described Jeune as, “a flashy scoring machine who can attack the basket from every angle. Her skills and potential speak for themselves.”
Morristown-Beard’s senior Morgan Bartner is on her way to Marist College. She is deadly from the three-point line. She can also drop inside for mid-range shots. She is a great set shooter and has a high foul shooting percentage.
IHA’s senior Caitlin Roche is on her way to Robert Morris. Roche is a completely different player than she was freshman year; it is obvious she works hard in the off-season. Roche has a consistent long-range three-point shot. She can also shoot off the dribble and has a strong drive to the basket. Roche has a very fast release, which makes it impossible to guard her in a zone defense.
Dwight-Englewood’s senior Stella Mayer is a quick guard who understands the game. She is able to score from the three-point line and has a few creative finishes that enable her to drive to the basket.
Dwight-Morrow’s junior Sabrina DeFreese is a very strong player. She can score from the outside and can muscle her way to the inside to score and draw fouls. She has good footwork.
Montville’s junior Kelly O’Reilly can hit a three-point shot in her sleep. She is fast and can drive to the basket. She has accumulated over 500 points so far this season.
Clifton’s senior Kelly Douglass is a tall guard on her way to Hartfod. She can score from the outside and inside. If given space, she will shoot a three. If the defense takes that away she uses the lack of space to her advantage to drive to the basket.
University’s junior Jihayah Chavis is a strong player who can score from the three-point line. She is also good at driving hard to the basket.
Secaucus’ senior Andie Lennon is a lightning fast guard on her way to Caldwell. She can lead fast breaks, score from the three, and attack the basket. She has a good pass fake out to the corner that enables her to get off shots over bigger players. Lennon can also play the point.
Newark Tech’s senior Nicole Johnson is great at attacking the basket. She attacks with finesse. She has good footwork and has a consistent finish.
Nutley’s Blair Watson is a 5’10” junior guard who has verballed to Maryland. She is strong and fast. She has an automatic release and can knock down three-point shots. She attacks the basket strong and has great jumping ability.