Name: Dreisen Heath
School: Hamden Hall Country Day School
Accomplishment: Heath was the star player this season on the Girls Basketball team at Hamden Hall. In addition to averaging 19 points a game, she also racked up four steals, four assists, and 10 rebounds on average for each game. Heath’s strong play helped lead her team to the Fairchester Athletic Association championship title last month.
“I have to credit my coach (Megan Borelli) for making my senior year the best it could have possibly been,” said Heath. “Having such a young team this season, I got to see all the players grow and became close with all of them.”
Key to Awesomeness: Heath started playing basketball at the age of 10, when friends would ask her to play because of her naturally tall height long before she had ever developed on-court skills. Those playground pick-up games would quickly become the start of a lifelong love with the sport.
“By the time I was 12, I think I was on six different travel teams,” said a laughing Heath.
As a member of the team at Hamden Hall, her practice schedule is comparable with the most seasoned of professional teams. When it’s not a game day, Heath practices with her team for three hour practices and even heads back to Hamden Hall most weekends for a Sunday practice.
What’s Next: Heath has applied to 12 different schools primarily around the east coast and is waiting to hear back from them. She intends to play on the Women’s basketball teams at whatever school she chooses.
However, Heath said she will always have fond memories of her high school basketball career.
“Now that I’m no longer part of the team, I hope that they will continue to create leaders,” said Heath. “We have a lot of girls on the team who are capable of taking on that role, but I think they just need to have the confidence in themselves that they can d that.”