Point guards come in all kinds of sizes and possess a variety of skill sets.
But three descriptions are usually applied to the really good ones.
They’re like a coach on the floor. They make the players around them better. And they’re a leader.
Lima Senior point guard Nakiya Sigman, who is the Player of the Year on The Lima News 2020 girls basketball Dream Team has all of those qualities.
“She handles the ball 99 percent of the time for us. We really relied on her to handle the ball for us,” Lima Senior coach Vince Halliday said.
“You don’t have to worry about are we going to get the ball over halfcourt, are we going to get in the right offensive play. She is very knowledgeable on those things and has a great understanding of the game of basketball,” he said.
Sigman, a 5-foot, 4-inch junior, averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals a game for the Spartans (12-11) this season.
She was first-team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference after being second-team All-TRAC as a sophomore and freshman. She was first-team All-District 8, second-team All-Northwest Ohio and honorable mention All-Ohio.
“She has just been so consistent. Her stats are almost identical every year. The last two years she scored 299 points back to back years. How do you do that? It’s just pretty incredible. Besides scoring points, she was just more consistent (this season),” Halliday said.
Told of her coach’s respect for her consistency, Sigman said, “That’s something I aim for but really what I aim for is to lead the team.
“Being a leader to me is bringing the right attitude every game, making sure the whole team is running the way it’s supposed to be offensively and defensively and being vocal and just making sure the team is OK with everything they’re doing on the court.
“I think I improved on being a leader. I think the most important part of my game is being able to make the right decisions on the court, not only for myself but for my teammates. I know when to get them the ball, I know when to shoot it myself and how to put everybody in the right position to be successful,” she said.
The other players on this year’s Dream Team are: Kelsey Erford (Ottawa-Glandorf), Kenzie King (Columbus Grove), Nicole Knippen (Ottoville), Natalie Koenig (Miller City), Emma Leis (Spencerville), Kristen Luersman (Fort Jennings), Brianna Schimmoeller (Ottawa-Glandorf), Rosie Williams (Lima Central Catholic) and Ivy Wolf (Minster).
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.