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Chastity Taylor from St. Anthony's
 

The problem with defending Chastity Taylor is she’ll always find a way to get the job done. St. Anthony’s opponents in the NSCHSAA have become familiar with that fact all season.

“Chastity can score in a bunch of different ways,” said St. Anthony’s Head Coach Ken Parham. “She’s hard to guard – a 5’10” off guard who can shoot it, get to the rim and post.”

The Central Islip native is averaging just over 10 points per game on a St. Anthony’s team with multiple weapons, but when Taylor isn’t scoring, she’s making marks in the rebounds, assists, steals and intangibles departments.

“If I’m not scoring, I always try to make up for it in other ways,” said Taylor. She agreed that her greatest asset is her versatility, and the Friars’ win over Long Island Lutheran earlier this season saw Taylor putting different facets of her game on display. The junior shooting guard scored a game high 21 points, netting 14 of them in the fourth quarter and pulling down a monster 19 rebounds in the process.  She also led the Friars in scoring in the NSCHSAA championship against the previously undefeated St. Mary’s, scoring pivotal baskets that changed the direction of the game and helped St. Anthony’s three-peat as league champs.

Colleges have also taken note of Taylor’s game, with Seton Hall, Farleigh Dickinson, Marshall and Central Connecticut all making offers. But immediate business is helping the Friars advance to through the state tournament, taking advantage of her final summer of AAU hoops and (eventually) defending her school’s NSCHSAA title to become a champion for all four years of high school. And of course, there’s the simple concept of steady improvement. Coach Parham already sees the progress:

“Chastity gets better every game,” he said. But Taylor is a perfectionist and won’t rest on three championships, four offers and much more general college interest.

“I’m working on everything this summer,” she revealed. “I want to get better at everything I do."

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