Central New York, Sports

CNS Graduate Shines on Hardwood at Le Moyne

By Tim Scott SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Even though she is listed as a 5’4” guard, McKayla Roberts has stood tall against her competition in the Northeast-10 Conference.

The Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate has averaged more than 12 points per contest over her two seasons at Le Moyne College. The sophomore also took home Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year honors and was also named Third Team All-Conference last season. Although she has garnered plenty of recognition at Le Moyne, Roberts feels her teammates should deserve the credit.

“I know I want to help the team more,” Roberts said. “If the team is winning, then you know you’re doing a good job.”

After a high school career in which she was named the Section III Player of the Year during her time at Cicero-North Syracuse, Roberts came to Le Moyne after she fell in love with the coaching staff and the team culture.

“She brightens up the locker room with her presence, and she’s great to be around,” said Gina Castelli, the Head Coach of the Le Moyne Women’s Basketball team. “She has gotten much better this year than she was last year, and she always comes ready to play.”

Just fourteen miles away from Le Moyne’s campus, Roberts’s family comes to every Dolphins home game. Her grandfather taught her how to play basketball at a young age, and the two continue to shoot around at a local gym.

“He’s always there to tell me to follow through on my shot, and to support me,” Roberts said.

Roberts has scored at least ten points in each of her seven games this season. In Wednesday’s victory over the College of Saint Rose, the sophomore guard led the Dolphins with 15 points, and also chipped in five rebounds and three assists.