Lincoln-Way West's Gugliuzza named Player of the Year
When Lincoln-Way West girls basketball coach Ryan White played at Lincoln-Way in the mid-1990s, he brought everything to his team as an all-purpose guard.
More than anything else, though, he was a scorer. Even as a freshman and sophomore on varsity, he was one of the team’s leading point producers.
Taylor Gugliuzza, a sophomore point guard whom White now coaches, reminds him of himself back in the day.
All the 5-foot-7 Taylor Gugliuzza did this season in willing the Warriors to a 27-4 record was average an area-best 21.6 points to go with 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.9 steals. She knocked down 78 of 209 shots from 3-point range (37.3 percent) and scored in double figures every game.
“She’s a stat-sheet stuffer,” White said. “She does a little of everything very well.”
Those numbers, combined with her overall value to the team, played into Gugliuzza being named as the Player of the Year on the Herald-News All-Area Girls Basketball Team.
It’s not as if she did not have competition for the honor, as Bolingbrook senior Gabby Smith, Plainfield East senior Olivia Jenkins, Minooka junior Cierra Bachmann, Morris senior Mya Shannon and Lincoln-Way East senior Carolyn Waleski – all first-team all-area selections – also built strong resumes.