In the arc of the the powerful junior class at Norwell that has been talked about a time or two, including in this countdown, the enthusiastic approach of Kaylee Fuelling sits at the top. A guard from a family of basketball players known for a tenacious approach, Fuelling has found a way to sit in the forefront of Norwell’s run to reclaim the Northeast 8.
Fuelling knows, as well as anything, how to change the pace of a game. She gets up and down the court with a zest for battle and it makes teams in the NE8 struggle to keep up with that style. She also has a basketball I.Q. that allows her to slow things down and with fellow wings Maiah Shelton and Lauren Bales, set up the tough to handle Knight half court offense. She was Norwell’s second leading scorer a year ago at 11.4 points per game, shooting 41.2 percent from the field.
Although she shines on offense, it is the defense end where she may be most helpful to the team. Fuelling is a top level on ball defender that averaged 2.3 steals. Yet, she was able to effect change on the defensive end so many other ways; getting into passing lanes, deflecting balls, challenging shots on all three levels. If there is a way for an offensive possession to be stopped, there is a chance that Fuelling has made the effort to stop it for Norwell.
“She’s super-intense. She’s non-stop, flying around on defense and that type of effort is contagious to her teammates,” Norwell coach Eric Thornton says. “Kaylee has always been a natural scorer, but she’s really worked hard from the arc this off-season. She can knock them down, but if you close out too far on her, she’s so good at getting to the rim. If Kaylee will look to take the shot when it’s there, that’s her next step. We need her to do that.”