Watkinson School is proud to announce that Kayla H. ‘23 scored the 1000th point of her high school basketball career as a Watkinson Ram on February 11th in a game against Forman School. Additionally, Kayla has committed to play basketball for Central Connecticut State University’s NCAA Division I women’s basketball team.
Prior to joining The Academy at Watkinson, Kayla played for Peddie and for East Hartford High. A captain of our girl’s varsity team, Kayla’s leadership was key this season because there are no seniors on the team. Coach Kristalyn Baisden added, “It’s hard to come in as a PG and get adjusted to a new school, a new team, and a new style of play. Kayla seamlessly adjusted becoming a strong leader for our team, on and off of the court. She can play the 1-5 for us, but she’s typically at the guard position offensively. Her bubbly personality and positive energy allowed her to fit right in with the girls on the team.“
Kayla is averaging a double double this season (about 17 points and 10 rebounds). She was also recently selected as a NEPSGBA All Star and nominated for Class D Player of the Year.
About her time at Watkinson, Kayla added, “One of the biggest reasons I love playing at Watkinson is the culture. My team and coaches were very welcoming and trusted me from the start which made my transition smooth. My coaches and teammates work hard to get better with each game and practice. The uplifting environment of Watkinson is something I will never forget.”
Through The Academy, Kayla takes classes at the University of Hartford (Physics and The Study of the Black Experience) where she received High Honors last semester.
About Kayla being an exceptional student-athlete, Baisden said, “She’s a great role model, especially for our younger players, and she’s a pleasure to coach. Our entire coaching staff is grateful to have her on the team this year.”
As of today, March 3, the Girls Varsity Basketball team is 19-2 and is in the New England Championship semi-final game today (#1 seed) at 4 at home against Bancroft School (#4 seed).