Don’t expect many changes when it comes to Homestead’s stranglehold on the Summit Athletic Conference. While there certainly will be challengers to throne, the Spartans return a solid core of contributors including last season’s back up point guard Grace Sullivan.
As a sophomore in Sullivan’s first year as a Spartan, she did play in 29 games. She averaged 1.45 points and 1.14 steals. In full proof that stats don’t always make the player, Sullivan was a steady presence in the ball in her hand as the number two point guard. She can push a frantic pace while having the court vision to play intelligent by-the-book offense, which is the hallmark of what has made the Spartans so strong for years before Sullivan was part of the program. That frantic pace she can push is especially important on the defensive end in how she is able to frustrate opposing ball handlers with her frenzied motions.
Sullivan burst onto the scene as a freshman at Canterbury when she averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 steals per game in over 27 minutes per game. Usually, two seasons ago wouldn’t factor in so much, but what she did with more minutes is a better indicator of what we should see from her in 2019-2020 with an expanded role at Homestead.
“[Grace is a] very good point guard who knows how to make her teammates better. She attacks the basket with great efficiency and thrives in an up tempo game,” says Homestead coach Rod Parker. “Grace is a very good on ball defender and brings great energy to our team.”