Like it or not, Central Noble is going to have to make a significant shift after the graduation of the top two players in the history of the program. During that time, they added a state title and, last season, a semi state birth in a 27-1 season. While two players were at the forefront of that run, now junior Bridgette Gray played a substantial role in the building of the Cougars into a power program. Now Gray will have to shift into high gear with the program in her hands.
Gray played over 20 minutes per game very outing, save for a 50 point blowout win against Prairie Heights. Her ability as a ball carrier was crucial as teams through every junk defense known to man at teammate Sydney Freeman. Through that, Gray also was forced to feel different kinds of pressure and learn to fight through it. After being less of an offensive threat in her first season, Gray scored 13 points in each of the Cougars first outings last year, announcing her scoring prowess that expanded throughout the year. Gray is an outstanding scorer in the midrange, unbalancing opponents who expect her to drive all the way to the hoop because of how aggressive she is.
Averaging 9.7 points on 39 percent shooting (and 41 percent from three point range) as a sophomore, Gray also pulled down 3.7 rebounds per contest, aggressively putting herself amidst any post player to make sure she grabbed any ball that came off the rim. Gray averaged 1.7 steals per game as well, but was terrific inserting herself into passing lanes and taking over for Freeman this year will allow her to be better at taking the ball away in on ball defensive situations.
“Bridgette’s ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket makes her difficult to defend, which opens up the three point shot which she shoots very well,” says Central Noble coach Josh Treesh.