“Taylor’s not just a catch-and-shoot player anymore,” Copeland said. “She’s figured out how to play off the dribble and create her own space.”
She did both against North. Only one of Ely’s 3-pointers was an open shot. The other two came on plays where she took several dribbles to creature space before stepping back. That also allowed her to create penetration into the paint and draw fouls, as she finished with 10 free throws on the night.
It was another chapter in a trend this season. With the emergence of freshman Bethany Franks in the post, Ely has been able to find a consistent teammate to drop the ball off to when she penetrates, and the focus inside has allowed Ely the space to create her own shot.
And she’s made the most of it.
“She draws the other team’s best defender every night, and all she’s done to respond is average over 20 points a game,” Copeland said. “You appreciate how hard she’s willing to work out there. I’m proud of how she’s handled her senior year.”
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