to back Rainbow Elementary Girls Basketball titles now to their
credit, the Northeastern Cougars have clearly staked their claim
among the city elite. A big part of both championship teams, 14
year-old Lindsay Scruton has equally established herself as one of
the rising star in the sport.
Thunder Bay followed by a brief stop in North Bay, Scruton has
called Sudbury home for much of the past ten years or so. The third
of four children in the family, she is prepared to follow in the
footsteps of older sister Courtney as she begins her secondary
school career next fall at Lasalle.
little bit of background in both gymnastics and swimming, Lindsay
Scruton admits her initial foray to the hardcourt via the SYBL
(Sudbury Youth Basketball League) was not initially laden with
never do layups…I was never sure exactly how to do it just right”,
admits Scruton. In Grade 6, Scruton transferred to Northeastern
Public, hooked up with the 5/6 coed basketball team and started to
notice a definite improvement in her game, a move she credits at
least in part to a stubborn streak.
give up on something – if I can’t get it the first time, I’ll just
keep on trying.” Over time, success has continue to build for the
talkative teen, highlighted by single basket Rainbow crowns in both
2007 and 2008. Not surprisingly, the teams hold a very special spot
in Scruton’s heart.
really fun to be around – they are all so encouraging”, states the
soon-to-be Lancer. Acutely aware of the basketball acumen of older
sister Courtney, the youngest girl in the family also credits her
parents for both her interest in the sport as well as her drive to
“Sometimes, I’ll look up in the crowd at them at half-time and it
makes me want to show them that I can do it”, she explains. With
exposure to both individual and team sports in her past, Scruton
finds the appeal of group play a definite attraction to her.
a team…working together….you just can’t win basketball by yourself,
you have to work as a team”, she says. With the more competitive
world of high-school sports awaiting, Scruton made another move in
raising the bar, hooking up with the Sudbury Lakers basketball club
for the first time this year.
I really, really liked it…but at first, it was a little
uncomfortable.” She went on to say that the addition of a couple of
Northeastern teammates to the Lakers’ roster helped ease the
transition to a new avenue to pursue her basketball dreams.
really, really helped me. I could not do a left-hand layup and now I
can do it” said Scruton, who adds that she also drives to the hoop a
lot more as the season now winds to an end.
who praised the work of both of her coaches this year (Mr Barlow at
Northerastern; Doug Mackay with the Lakers), tries to keep an open
mind as to what exactly the future might hold.
would like to play high-school. Depending on how I do in
high-school, I would like to play university of college” states
Scruton, who notes a career as a teacher or orthodontist as the
back-up plan when her basketball days are done.
with her stubborn streak pushing her along, don’t expect them to end
any time soon.