South Lakes forward Princess Aghayere is dominating the boards

January 10

South Lakes Coach Christy Winters-Scott asks all her players to put a body on the defender to obtain rebounding position. All except 6-foot-1 junior Princess Aghayere.

South Lakes forward Princess Aghayere is running the boards for fifth-ranked Seahawks (Photo Richard A Lipski/Washington Post)
South Lakes forward Princess Aghayere is running the boards for fifth-ranked Seahawks (Photo Richard A Lipski/Washington Post)

Winters-Scott trusts Aghayere to always find the ball regardless of her position on the low block. And in the fifth-ranked Seahawks’  55-41 win at Fairfax (8-3) Wednesday, she used her athleticism to pull down a career-high 22 rebounds — eight offensive — and scored 15 points.

With senior William & Mary recruit Abigail Rendle in foul trouble for much of the first half, more was asked of Aghayere. She answered by relentlessly crashing the boards in a rough shooting night for the Seahawks (10-1).

“She’s more on balance this year,” Winters-Scott said. “I don’t tell her to box out because she just goes from one side to another and gets it. I mean 22 rebounds, I’m not coaching that. That’s that kid’s want to and desire to get the ball.”

Aghayere has always been a very quick leaper, but after playing the summer circuit with the Fairfax Stars she has improved her play in the post and is very deft at handling the ball after grabbing a rebound. Aghayere is also sporting a new hook shot that nearly fell after drawing a foul on Wednesday.

Aiding in her growth are constant battles her younger brother, Emmanuel, an eighth-grader who is 6-foot-2 and dunking the ball with two hands.

“I’m a lot quicker in the post and I’m more comfortable when I have the ball in my possession,” Aghayere said. “I’ve been practicing the spin and hook shot a lot.”

Georgetown, Richmond, Tulane, George Mason, Southern Methodist and Radford are all showing her interest. Her dream school is Georgetown though, where she wants to complete the pre-med curriculum before pursuing a career as a doctor.

This is her her best season in a Seahawks uniform thus far as she’s posted five double-doubles and is averaging 10.8 points per game. Aghayere and Rendle (13.6 points per game) have emerged as one of the best frontcourts in the Northern Region.

“I couldn’t do it without the help of my teammates,” Aghayere said. “I just try to get open and not think about the points. I want to do my role, which is rebounding and playing defense.”

Related: South Lakes forward Abigail Rendle discusss fast start and commitment to William & Mary

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