June 16, 2024

You’ll be able to watch Richards’ Iyanah Crosby on the courtroom, however be suggested, it may be a problem.

You may miss her because the 5-foot-10 senior guard/ahead rotates across the perimeter, then drives for what’s often a contested layup, one she’ll make most of the time.

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

What’s her secret?

“Power,” Crosby mentioned. “Power actually helps me play higher. Once I get heated or have a variety of adrenaline, I play actually good.

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

Power 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 without doubt one of the gamers that performs off emotion,” Santiago mentioned. “When she’s going loopy or when she’s in a great temper, I believe it form of displays off everybody as a result of she’s the chief of our staff.”

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 all over the place, and he or she likes that form of duty.

“With the ability to rating from totally different areas and contribute to my staff from totally 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.

Positive, Crosby acquired began just a little 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 response to Richards coach Jeff Kortz, she performed on the sophomore staff as a freshman, then superior to varsity the subsequent season and not using a 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 yr, she will maintain enjoying and go to varsity and have enjoyable.”

Richard's Iyanah Crosby drives through three Argo players during a South Suburban Red game in Oak Lawn on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.

Crosby’s plan is to play basketball on the subsequent stage. She has a suggestion 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 tips on how to communicate Italian. Is she planning to be taught?

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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 demanding course of for Crosby, leaving her with wide-open eyes. However as soon as she acquired into the swing of issues, it acquired simpler.

Right this moment, she enjoys being in touch with faculty coaches. And she or he anticipates making a choice on the finish of this season.

However there’s nonetheless a variety 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 need to stress about it,” she mentioned. “I’m having enjoyable this season. It’s my final yr. Senior night time is subsequent week. It’s form 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 Each day Southtown.