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in The Spotlight: Brielle Wilborn, Middletown

February 18,2017 02:15

Brielle Wilborn, Middletown High School girls basketball player. (LORI RILEY | lriley@courant.com) User Upload Caption: Brielle Wilborn, Middletown High School girls basketball player. (LORI RILEY | lriley@courant.com) (Lori Riley / Hartford Courant).



Sport/position: Girls basketball, 6-foot-3 centerClass: Senior
Coach: Rob SmernoffAccomplishments: Has scored 1,148 points and has 1,010 rebounds, with her 1,000th rebound coming Monday night in a win over Rocky Hill with a 20-point, 19-rebound performance. … Averaging 18.3 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 2 assists for Middletown (18-2), the CCC South-White champions. Middletown did not lose a division game, finishing at 15-0. … Has led her team in blocks and rebounds all four years and in points scored her junior and senior year. … All-conference as a sophomore and junior.
Start in sport: Her dad Anthony Wilborn encouraged her to start playing in second grade. "My dad's one of my heroes. When it comes to basketball, he knows the game, he coached the game."Wilborn said: "The season has been pretty good. We've never had a season where we've won the division title by ourselves. Last year, we had to share it with Rocky Hill. This year, we were undefeated in the conference."Smernoff said: "Brielle has been the true essence of a team leader and captain this season. Her terrific accomplishment of eclipsing both the 1,000 point and 1,000 career rebound mark is significant, but the most important thing she has brought to our program is leadership. She is always available for our younger players both on and off the court and has become a true role model for the younger kids in Middletown to have someone to look up to.She has really worked hard to improve her game to the point where she will have a chance to play Div. I basketball at UHart next season. She has been an integral part of a senior class that will graduate with two division championships, a runner up spot, and a third place finish, leaving a legacy that is presently unmatched in our program's history."Favorite hobby: Fashion and sewing. "I've sewn duffel bags and backpacks, sweatshirts. I made curtains for a teacher one time. I'm embroidering on a duffel bag now."

Favorite food: Baked macaroni and cheese.Favorite subject: EnglishMentor in sport: Her AAU coach Donta Johnson. Future plans: Will play at the University of Hartford next year and study sociology.In 10 years: "I either see myself still playing basketball or being a social worker inside of a school."Miscellaneous: Played volleyball for two years but stopped to concentrate on basketball. ... Won the Class L shot put title the last two years and was third in the javelin last year in Class L. … Started shot put in eighth grade. … Danced - jazz, hip-hop and ballet - before starting to play basketball. … Has a younger brother who plays basketball, football and will run track this year in middle school.

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