The HSSE Nationals didn’t disappoint when it came to getting some names of players that are on the rise. This article focuses on players that caught my attention with their play during the national tournament.
Kamryn Reel | Wing | Swaggin’ Dragons/Morrilton | 2023
Kamryn caught my attention with her shooting ability. Her ability to make the catch and shoot three-pointer forced defenders to closeout hard and get into her pull-up jumper. She also showed she could be at defenders off the bounce and get to the rim.
Bree McCrotty | Guard | Team Arkansas Elite/Hector | 2023
Bree played a good all-around game during the weekend. She gave effort on both ends of the floor, wasn’t afraid of contact or being physical, and did whatever it took to help her team win. She was a solid defender, scored in transition, and made mid-range jumpers.
Damone Brown | Guard | South AR Lady Hoopers | 2025
Damone was impressive with her game over the weekend. Her solid on ball defense caused problems for her opponent. Her quick feet, anticipation, and discipline made it difficult for the ball handler to get to their spots on the floor. Offensively, she went strong to the basket and made the three-ball.
Chaney Gallion | Post | ENG/Brookland | 2024
Chaney did everything you need out of a post player. She defended the paint well, communicated on defense, limited the offense to one shot, and provided good help defense. Offensively, she set solid screens, ran the floor hard, fought hard for low post position, and had a nice touch around the rim.
Shyisha Willis | Guard | Team Arkansas Elite/Russellville | 2024
Shyisha showed that she could play multiple positions with her skill set. She can play either guard spot or on the wing. With her athleticism and ability she can defend just about anyone on the floor. She won’t force anything offensively but can get to the rim for the finish or knock down the three-ball.
Brailey Forst | Post/Forward | Team Arkansas Elite/Paris | 2023
Versatile post players are a great addition to any team. Brailey has the ability to do more than just play with her back to the basket and rebound. She’s tough, physical, and will fight for loose basketballs and rebounds. Brailey can push it in transition to make plays for herself or others, has a soft touch around the basket, and can step out and make the three-pointer.
Megan Wood | Guard | Arkansas Warriors/Perryville | 2024
I was given an anonymous to tip keep an eye out for this young lady because she could shoot the ball. I love watching shooters do what they do best and that’s let it fly. Megan definitely can shoot the ball from the behind the three-point line. This forces the defense to stay close and creates a gap for teammates to drive. She also can read the closeout. If you closeout hard she can either make the contested shot or attack off the bounce and finish at the rim.
Allie Pruitt | Combo Guard | Arkansas Warriors/Wonderview | 2024
Allie was selected as team MVP for her performance at the HSSE Nationals. She’s an athletic guard that can play either guard position. When at the point she pushes the tempo in transition and weaves in and out of traffic looking to make the best play. She can finish at the rim in traffic or kick out to a teammate. When she doesn’t have the ball she runs the floor and looks to slash to the basket. Allie is also a solid defender that does well on the ball and in the passing lanes.