Souderton's Picard grows into true point guard

Souderton senior Bianca Picard (right) looks for an opening against North Penn defender Irisa Ye in a mid-December game.
Souderton senior Bianca Picard (right) looks for an opening against North Penn defender Irisa Ye in a mid-December game. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 18, 2014

When Bianca Picard talks about the Souderton girls' basketball team, she uses words like strong, tough, and determined - all while describing the squad's desire to win.

Watch the senior point guard play just a few minutes for the Indians (16-6), and you'll see no one exudes those attributes more than she does.

Selfless and with an infectious love of the game, the 5-foot-7 Picard best demonstrated her grit in a pivotal conference contest against Central Bucks West a few weeks ago.

During the close matchup, Picard sprained her right foot - the same one she broke 31/2 months earlier. In obvious pain and limping throughout the second half and overtime, Picard stayed on the court, telling coach Lynn Carroll she was OK. In reality, she was in excruciating agony.

"I had to be out there," said Picard, who averages 13 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds a game. "If I hadn't been out there I felt like it would have been giving up."

A New Jersey Institute of Technology signee, Picard pointed to the support from her teammates as the reason she was able to play through the injury, saying she knows they believe in her no matter what - teammates such as fellow seniors Allison Gallagher, Katie O'Connor, Hannah Bergey, and Devon Boehm.

"She [Picard] has been playing all season with such intelligence on both ends of the court," Carroll said. "Her ability to score has created so many opportunities for other kids because she has gotten so good at understanding when to go and when to pass the ball."

That wasn't always the case, though, according to Picard, who had been frustrated with her decision-making in years past, especially with regard to knowing when to dish the ball.

"That feeling of not knowing when to pass felt selfish to me," Picard said. "I don't want to be that kind of player."

Picard said playing with her older brother, A.J. - a senior on Cabrini's basketball team - in the offseason and studying has helped her finally become a "true point guard."

Nine points away from 1,000 for her career - a mark she will aim for Monday when Souderton faces Boyertown in the first round of the District 1 AAAA tournament - Picard doesn't want to be remembered as a scorer.

"I've done all I could to make this program something better, something great," Picard said. "I hope, by the time I step off the court, that I made an impact."


Girls' Basketball Top 10

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Records are through Sunday.

Previous rankings in parentheses.

Rk. Team Rec.

1. Neum.-Goretti (1) 21-0

2. Arch. Wood (2) 19-2

3. Shipley (3) 19-4

4. Bonner-Prend. (4) 18-5

5. Mt. St. Joseph (5) 23-2

6. Spring-Ford (6) 20-5

7. North Penn (7) 20-3

8. C.B. West (8) 18-5

9. W.C. Rustin (9) 21-4

10. Card. O'Hara (10) 16-7

Also under consideration (listed alphabetically): Archbishop Carroll (13-9), Central Bucks South (18-5), Episcopal Academy (14-6), Garnet Valley (22-1), Methacton (18-7).

- Kate Harman

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