On Monday night, Indeya Sanders knew she had to control the chaos and put on a show.

The 5-foot-6 junior point guard at Herndon could feel the Hornets’ season opener at Dominion take a frenetic turn. Among her individual goals and concerns — developing her left hand, being a more vocal leader and not passing up quality shots — Sanders knew she was being watched.

With coaches from American University in the stands, Sanders demonstrated she is comfortable being the center of attention while leading a turnaround at Herndon. Sanders scored a team-high 16 points, hit all five of her free throws, pulled down six rebounds and dished five assists without a single turnover to lead Herndon to a 47-35 win.

With offers already on the table from American, Drexel and William and Mary, interest in Sanders is continuing to build. She’s made visits to Columbia and Pennsylvania and said she needs to set one up with George Mason. In addition to the schools that have already offered, Colgate sent coaches to watch Sanders work out in the past month.

“I love the attention,” Sanders said. “It makes me work harder.”

When the NCAA contact period began it September, Sanders said she was a little overwhelmed by the stream of letters and text messages arriving all at once.

This is what she’s wanted since eighth grade, when her older sister Sierra Edwards took an assistant coaching job at Herndon. Sanders was always inspired by watching college basketball on TV, but when she started watching more high school basketball, she made the decision she could be one of the best players on the floor.

Since Sanders arrived at Herndon, that’s what she’s done, averaging 11 points per game in her first year. That was Coach Cornelius Snead’s first year back at his alma mater. The Hornets went 3-20, and Sanders grew frustrated with opponents’ opinions of Herndon.

” ‘Oh we’re playing Herndon. That’s an easy win,’ ” she said she heard. “Ever since my freshman year I’ve just wanted to change the whole image and perspective.”

Sanders grew her scoring average to 15 last year, and the Hornets tripled their win total. Along the way, college recruiters began to take notice.

“What they see in Indeya is that she’s a combo guard. She can break people down off the dribble,” Snead said. “She’s got some of the biggest hands for a female. She’s got long arms, so it helps her defensively.”

Having her big sister, another Herndon grad who played at Shenandoah, pushing her as an assistant coach has only added to the family feel at Herndon.

“In her eyes I’m a total different player than how I am now,” Sanders said of Edwards.

With Sanders leading a bevy of returners and transfers Shawnice Gresham and Janiece Loney in from Chantilly and Robinson, respectively, Snead expects this to be the best season Herndon has seen in years.

For Sanders, leading the makeover is the primary focus while she develops as a Division I talent. The guard said staying humble is a priority, but at the same time, she knows how to pitch her game.

“I feel like I can offer things that other point guards can’t,” Sanders said. “I can play the point guard and the shooting guard. I can shoot off the dribble, pass and shoot and drive in a little bit. [I’m] very diverse, and that’s what a lot of coaches look for.”


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