When Taylor O’Brien broke Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s all time scoring record and was named Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania back in 2018, the new gym was almost a year away from opening and the pandemic was even further.

Taylor and her family with the banner

Taylor O'Brien with her family and the banner that will hang in the gym.

It would be their 2021 Home Opener when the PWHS Girls Basketball team would finally be able to raise a banner and properly honor her achievements.

“The following year we were moving into the new Gym West, so we weren’t sure what the right style of highlighting Taylor’s achievement would be,” said PWHS Girls Basketball Head Coach Dan Dougherty. “Once we had the esthetic down of what the banners in the new gym looked like, we began the process of getting one made. The banner arrived on March 13, 2020… the day COVID shut down the world. We’ve been waiting ever since.”

As a Colonial, Taylor O’Brien broke the overall school record with 2,040 career points, including a second record of 663 points (18.4 points per game) in a single season. She was named Miss Pennsylvania Basketball and a First Team All-state selection her senior year. From PWHS, she signed with the Division-1 Bucknell University Bisons, where she was the 2020-2021 team scoring leader and named 2021 First Team All-Patriot League and two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

The three Bucknell coaches standing with Taylor O'Brien in the PWHS gym

Bucknell Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Kelly Mazzante, Head Coach Trevor Woodruff, Taylor O'Brien, and Assistant Coach LaSashia Connelly

The Colonials unveiled the banner at their Home Opener, a decisive 55-25 win over Quakertown on December 14. While there was a strong contingent of PWHS alumni on hand to celebrate, Bucknell Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Kelly Mazzante, Head Coach Trevor Woodruff, and Assistant Coach LaSashia Connelly also made the drive to highlight Taylor in the night’s festivities. 

In addition to shining on the basketball court, Taylor O’Brien has also made a name in track and field. At PWHS, she was named First Team All-state and holds school records in the high jump, 300-meter hurdles, and 800-meter run. At Bucknell, she owns the program's record in the outdoor high jump (5’ 7 ¼”) and made Second Team All-Patriot League with a runner-up finish in the 2019 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.