New Town's high scoring combo guard Sydney Hines recently signed with Central Connecticut State University. We had a chance to sit down with her and talk some basketball in a recent interview.
695: How did you get started playing basketball?
Sydney: I got started playing basketball when I brought home a flyer from my elementary school for the Owings Mills Lady Tigers, and so I decided to give it a try.
695: Where did you grow up?
Sydney: I grew up in Randallstown, MD.
695: Have you played any other sports?
Sydney: When I was younger, I did gymnastics until I started playing basketball. My freshman year of high school, I added on volleyball to the sports I play.
695: Which AAU teams have you played for?
Sydney: I have played on the Owings Mills Lady Tigers, MD Grizzlies, and MD Pride.
695: Tell me about a funny basketball road trip...
Sydney: When I played on the MD Grizzlies, one of the years we went to Nationals in Florida, I hurt my ankle and was given Ibuprofen by one of the parents for the pain not knowing that I was allergic to this medicine. The funny part of this trip was that for the rest of the games, I sat on the end of the bench with sunglasses on my face due to the swelling of my eyes. Everyone commented on my new look saying I looked like a movie star or Ray Charles.
695: Talk about last year's run to the state championship game...
Sydney: Last season, we played Southern Garrett in the Finals of the State Championships. We only lost by 5, but we were fighting to come back from a pretty far gap from the first half. It was a very nice experience to have because it showed us as a team what we need to work on for the next season, we got to play at a big stage, and although we lost, I gained respect from the opposing team as well as others in the stands.
695: What are your goals for your senior season at New Town?
Sydney: Although I've obtained over 1000 points in my junior year, my goal is to hit 2000 points this season. Also, I would like to help lead my team to the StateChampionships again and win it all.
695: Talk about the recruiting process and how you chose Central Connecticut State...
Sydney: The recruiting process has been pretty good to me. It is a stressful time because you're trying to make a decision for the next four years of your life and colleges are coming to you, trying to be your perfect fit. Some advice is to play hard, relax and let everything come to you. When choosing CCSU, despite them being the last school to recruit me, it just felt so inviting into their family, and it felt genuine. I feel as though I can be a great contributor to the team.
695: What do you want to add to your game for the next level?
Sydney: For college, I would like it improve on my ball handling skills and accuracy in my shot.
695: What are you planning to major in?
Sydney: I plan to major in Biomolecular Science to become a Physician Assistant.