Christyan Reid has had a stellar girls basketball career at Strasburg, but she made this season her best one yet.
The Strasburg 6-foot-4 senior center put together a consistent and strong year, which helped lead the team to lots of success as well.
"I feel like I had more confidence this year than the past years," Reid said. "I feel like I just went out there and played. I still get a little nervous, but I didn't get as nervous as I did when I was younger. I go out there with confidence."
Reid, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2019-20 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, showed her confidence throughout the year as she consistently put up impressive numbers.
Reid averaged 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest this season.
Strasburg girls basketball coach Darin Jenkins said that Reid's success may have been in part due to her already having locked up a college spot. Reid signed her letter of intent to play at Northern Kentucky University.
"She worked her tail off in the summer time with AAU and different travel teams that she played on," Jenkins said. "I think Christyan always had a vision of getting to the next level and I think she did the things that she needed to do to get to that point."
Jenkins said that he noticed a lot of improvements in Reid's game this past season.
"I think she had a better concept of getting position on the block," Jenkins said. "Once she did catch the ball, she did a better job of going both ways either going right or left, which made her a more complete player. I think she runs the floor extremely well for a big girl. I think that's improved year over year. She's running the floor, getting down the floor on the offensive end, getting in transition and trying to get some points off of transition. I thought she improved in that. Just overall her fundamentals, I think, has gotten better each year."
When Reid first started playing Amateur Athletic Union girls basketball for the Winchester Rising Stars as a seventh-grader she realized that she wanted to play at the next level.
Her junior year, she began playing for Team Takeover, which is based out of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and features some of the top players in the country.
"I was playing with some of the best girls in the country," Reid said. "So every practice I would be playing against girls that were way better than me and it would just make me a better player and better person. And then it brought me a lot of exposure, but it was a good experience."
Reid had many accomplishments, but she said that one of her favorite moments was making a basket from outside of her comfort zone.
"I think one of my favorite moments was when I shot my very first 3 (-pointer) ever and I made it," Reid said. "Because I had never shot a 3 in my high school career ever. So I think that was my favorite moment for sure."
Reid finished her high school career with 1,610 points. She broke the program record for career points and is third all-time in scoring in Shenandoah County girls basketball history.
"I'm just glad I'm going to be leaving a mark here at Strasburg High School," she said. "But it's definitely an honor, and I just feel very proud. I'm just glad that I'm making my family proud and my mom proud."
Jenkins said he's proud of Reid for her accomplishment and he thinks it's one the entire program should be proud of.
"I think it means a lot to the program, because you can always look back and say that you were part of that," Jenkins said. "Because I think every kid that's played with Christyan played their role in that. Where you feel like not just Christyan accomplished something but you was part of it as well. I think that's huge for the program -- giving kids that memory."
Jenkins said that he's enjoyed coaching Reid over the past four years.
"The one thing I'll always remember about Christyan was that she's very coachable," he said. "She came to work every practice and I think she had the mindset of 'I want to get better today.' She was always a good teammate. She was always a good leader. Just someone that you could coach, and as a coach that's the type of player you're looking for."
The Rams had a strong season, going 26-4. The team started off 19-0 and advanced to the Class 2 state semifinals. Reid said she is proud of what the team did this season.
"I feel like we definitely did play our hardest," Reid said. "We all just had a good time, fun time, fun practices. I know there was a hard loss at the end, but I feel like we played our best and did the best we could."