BLOOMFIELD – Brandi Alcantar’s energy on the floor continues to spread.
She shifts around left and right, looking to get quick steals up top. She then falls back toward the post to help snag down rebounds, and she occasionally swats the ball away near the baseline for a block.
“I try to help out as much as I can. When we’re in our tandem, we’ve got to be able to cover high-post, we’ve got to be able to get out. You’ve got to know how to do it all,” the Bloomfield senior guard said.
Anticipating where the ball will go on defense, Alcantar goes into attack mode using her eyes. She either drives to the basket after finding open lanes or simply dishes the ball out to teammates.
“If I get the rebound, I’m always looking down the court to see if I have an open teammate. If not, then I’ll take it down,” Alcantar said.
Because she’s more active anchoring the offense on the fast break, Alcantar’s scoring numbers are up from last season. She went from averaging just 6.8 points a game to 11.3.
After averaging 4.6 steals and 0.6 blocks last year, she’s again generating strong numbers averaging more than two steals and two blocks per game.
Alcantar is more involved setting things up in transition.
“Everyone feeds off of it,” coach Tom Adair said. “She’s super quick with her hands, and she’s aware of the game. She controls things, she sees things very well.”
As this season goes on, Alcantar looks to also be more productive hitting jumpers bolting down the court.
She also looks to lock down opposing 3-point shooters more often by dropping her body down a bit more and using her hands to force more contested shots.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.