While the NECC as a league has was highly competitive in 2018-2019, it is hard to say that any single player captivated audiences quite like Lakeland’s Bailey Hartsough with her multidimensional scoring ability.
Hartsough was one of the best at putting the ball in the basket as a freshman, but turned it up last year as a sophomore and now will find herself as one of the top players in the conference. She is carrying in plenty of momentum from her fall on the volleyball court, where she surpassed 1,000 career kills. Currently, Hartsough sits 216 points away from reaching 1,000 career points as well, something that hasn’t been accomplished at Lakeland in over 10 seasons.
Hartsough scored 19 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. She scored less than 13 points just once and had 14 games with 20 or more points. She fills up the score book as consistently as anyone. Is she a long guard or a rangy forward? The answer is both and she has shown it in the uniqueness of her scoring. That led her to being the top scorer in a conference full of quality scorers and Division I recruits in 2018-2019.
“She is just one of those kids that makes the game look easy. Whether it is on the offensive end or the defensive end, there is not much she can not do, and even less that we do not ask her to do,” Lakeland coach Dan Huizenga says. “As a big guard that can score at all three levels, she also has the ability the score in the post, and rebound in bunches. As we continue to develop as a group, and we see improved depth, it will make some things easier for her, and should allow her to continue to thrive and improve.”