Point of attack: Hays can drive or shoot

Palisade’s Sarah Hays shoots over defenders.

With the amount of responsibility that comes with it, Palisade’s Sarah Hays was glad to be playing point guard.

The Bulldogs senior was given the opportunity on most possessions to dictate what was going to happen on offense. Hays was an aggressive scoring point guard who averaged 10 points per game this past season and shot 69 percent from the free-throw line (75 of 108).

She had a solid jump shot and enough speed to get by defenders for a layup. Hungry to score but not selfish, Hays was always willing to give the ball up, but found a niche with her ability to drive the lane.

Hays tells The Daily Sentinel a little more about getting to the basket.

When you are at the top of the key, what is going through your mind?

“I look to see if there is someone guarding me and if not, I can drive. I then look to see which side someone posting up on, so I can pass to that side and if they can’t attack, it comes back to me and I always look to the basket. Then it is the same thing over and over.”

Do you like to pull up for jump shot or try to get all the way to the basket?

“It depends. If feels real nice to pull up and hit a nice jumper but when you drive and take those big steps to get right in there, that is good, too.”

How much are you trying to draw contact when you drive?

“The whole reason I drive is to get a foul. I take really big steps and pick up the ball early so it doesn’t get swiped. Sometimes I don’t get a foul and I planned for it so I just chuck the ball off the backboard but most of the time it works out nice and easy.”


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