February 22, 2024

You may watch Richards’ Iyanah Crosby on the court docket, however be suggested, it may be a problem.

You would possibly miss her because the 5-foot-10 senior guard/ahead rotates across the perimeter, then drives for what’s normally a contested layup, one she’ll make as a rule.

That’s what you get with a basketball participant who can convey up the ball or play down low. In different phrases, she will be able to multitask with the very best of them.

What’s her secret?

“Vitality,” Crosby mentioned. “Vitality actually helps me play higher. After I get heated or have a number of adrenaline, I play actually good.

“It will get my teammates hyped, too, and all of us play actually good total.”

Vitality was the phrase of the day Saturday for Crosby, who she scored 15 factors and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 52-41 nonconference victory over visiting Riverside-Brookfield.

The win avenged a 58-49 loss to the Bulldogs again on Dec. 29, and one other defeat final season, when Crosby wasn’t feeling nicely.

Senior guard Mercedes Santiago confirmed that as Crosby goes, Richards goes.

“I really feel like ‘Yanny’ is likely one of the gamers that performs off emotion,” Santiago mentioned. “When she’s going loopy or when she’s in a very good temper, I believe it type of displays off everybody as a result of she’s the chief of our crew.”

Thus, that emotion is a catalyst for Richards (9-12), particularly Saturday, with Santiago including 12 factors and 4 rebounds. It felt like Crosby was in all places, and he or she likes that type of accountability.

“Having the ability to rating from completely different areas and contribute to my crew from completely different areas, it’s fairly candy,” she mentioned. “I like being an all-around participant.”

Crosby began enjoying basketball in fifth grade, spurred on by her older brothers, Albert and Trevon Jones, each of whom performed at Richards.

Certain, Crosby bought began a bit late in comparison with others, however as soon as underway, there was no stopping her. She performed AAU for Chicago Hoops.

“I don’t suppose I actually thought of it,” she mentioned of her humble beginnings. “I began taking it critical like I needed to play.”

In line with Richards coach Jeff Kortz, she performed on the sophomore crew as a freshman, then superior to varsity the following season with no blip.

Saturday’s efficiency is simply one other instance of the place she’s come from — and the place she’s going.

“She retains rolling,” Kortz mentioned. “She grows on a regular basis. She retains rising, and hopefully subsequent 12 months, she will be able to hold enjoying and go to varsity and have enjoyable.”

Crosby’s plan is to play basketball on the subsequent degree. She has a proposal from Dominican in River Forest, and curiously, one other from Rome Metropolis Institute.

Sure, that Rome, as in Italy. The college discovered her by means of Subsequent School Scholar Athlete, a recruiting service.

Would she contemplate going abroad to play the sport she loves?

“Sure, I believe it’s fairly cool,” she mentioned.

She doesn’t know the way to converse Italian. Is she planning to study?

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“Most likely,” she added with amusing.

Richard's Iyanah Crosby (1) puts up a shot over Argo's Jada Madgett (32) during a South Suburban Red game in Oak Lawn on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.

Recruiting began as a anxious course of for Crosby, leaving her with wide-open eyes. However as soon as she bought into the swing of issues, it bought simpler.

In the present day, she enjoys being involved with school coaches. And he or she anticipates making a choice on the finish of this season.

However there’s nonetheless a number of basketball to be performed, and the Bulldogs are within the thick of the South Suburban Purple race together with Oak Garden and Shepard.

“I don’t wish to stress about it,” she mentioned. “I’m having enjoyable this season. It’s my final 12 months. Senior evening is subsequent week. It’s type of unhappy, however I’m making the very best of it.”

Along with her typical power, after all.

Gregg Voss is a contract reporter for the Day by day Southtown.