Sydney Allen knows she has big sneakers to fill when she begins her basketball career at Husson University in the fall.
Her mother, Sue Ann Allen, was a 1,000-point scorer at Husson and was inducted into the Husson Hall of Fame in 2009.
Sydney is the oldest of Sue Ann and John Allen’s nine children.
Like her mom, Sydney has had an exceptional career at Corinth’s Central High School and is a 1,000-point scorer.
She is averaging 21.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals this season for the 18-2 Red Devils.
Allen’s 12 points, five rebounds and three steals helped Central upend Stearns High of Millinocket 40-33 in Tuesday’s Class C North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Both mother and daughter used the term “super excited” to describe their thoughts on Sydney’s decision to attend- Husson.
“I’m happy that she’s going to have a chance to play for a great team with great players. And I love (coach) Kissy (Walker),” said Sue Ann, who is an assistant coach at Central. “It’s like a family at Husson, especially since I played with the moms of a lot of the kids who go there and who I already have a relationship with. (Presque Isle High School star) Emily Wheaton is one of Sydney’s real good friends. They played AAU together. It’s nice to have all these familiar people at Husson.”
“I’m definitely going to try to live up to her (mom’s) expectations,” said Sydney. “I’ve got to put a lot more work in. I want to make a big impact over there.”
Sydney said her game is similar to her mom’s although they both noted that there are also differences.
“I think I’m more of an outside shooter while my mom liked to drive (to the basket). She was aggressive,” said Sydney.
“She is definitely a better outside shooter than I was. For me, it was more about getting the ball to the big people. I was hard-nosed. I was rougher and a little more physical than she is,” said Sue Ann.
“Overall, she’s a lot better player than I was but I don’t tell her that,” smiled Sue Ann.
Sue Ann said her daughter is a smart player with good court awareness and that she has benefited significantly from playing AAU basketball.
“She has played a lot of basketball,” said Sue Ann who added that watching her daughter at Husson is going to be “a lot of fun.”