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Rye Country Day's Binder Sets Basketball Standards

RYE. N.Y. – Carolyn Binder said she has been playing basketball “ever since I can remember.” The Rye Country Day School standout added a few more footnotes to her basketball memory in December when she scored the 1,000th point of her varsity career, then visited Brazil as a member of the 2011 USA National Team for the 12th Annual Pan American Maccabi Games.

Binder, a junior guard from Scarsdale, reached her scoring milestone on a three-point shot and finished with 28 points in a 67-38 victory over York Prep in Rye Country Day’s John Sabia Tournament on Dec. 9, but is looking forward to the remainder of the season.

With her father a former player at Curry College and her sister Steph Binder, a RCDS graduate currently playing at Johns Hopkins University, Binder had her mentors in house.

“It (basketball) has been an impactful part of my life for a long time and I couldn't imagine it being any other way,” Binder said. “Both my parents are extremely supportive. My dad, Steven Binder, has been a major part of my success because he has always been there for me and guided me throughout the years. He not only has a great basketball mind, but is constantly supportive, on and off the court.”

The trip to Brazil as a member of the USA Gold Medal winning team was another high note in a career already filled with successes.

“The Maccabi games were an incredible experience,” Binder sad. “The international competition was great. It was very physical and a great opportunity to play against other talented girls from around the world. I also met a lot of new people and made lifelong friends. It was truly an unforgettable experience.”

With two more big moments added to her basketball life, Binder is on course to continue helping to lead the Wildcats reach their team goals while preparing for her future as a player.

“The team's goals this season are to win Fairchester Athletic Association and New York State Association of Independent Schools, along with improving every day,” Binder said. “I used to play soccer at a premiere level and lacrosse, but had to give them up due to my year-round training schedule.”

A schedule that is sure to lead to more success for Binder and her teammates.

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