The South Side Archers will have two players in their fourth year of varsity play and in the past decade, there are few names more synonymous with the Archer program than Chapman. While Taniece patrolled the interior for years, sister Alaya has broken out on her own as a physical force heading into her final season in the green and white.
Chapman averaged 10 points and 5.2 rebounds last season as the Archers kept steady as the second best team in the Summit Athletic Conference. But Chapman knows of a world better than that, where the Archers were the team to beat and found themselves above Homestead just two seasons ago. And she has the work ethic and silent assassin demeanor to lead strongly by example into her senior year.
South Side plays some of their best basketball when Chapman is on the court. Playing behind some true posts has allowed Chapman to develop into a stretch four where she can dominate physically inside, where she shows a particular skill in offensive rebound some games, but also handle the ball more. South Side’s transition game thrives because Chapman can rip down rebounds and then push the ball up the court on her own. And she thrives in being pushed; Chapman’s two best offensive games came in a pair of wins last season over Concordia when facing off against the Cadets’ multiple strong inside players, posting games of 18 points, 8 rebounds and 17 points, 7 rebounds.
“This year we are looking for strong leadership from Alaya Chapman and Jaci Jones. Both of these Seniors have been a part of the varsity experience since their Freshman year and have fought hard to keep our program competitive,” says South Side coach Juanita Goodwell. “I think their experience and desire will help push our younger players to perform well.”