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Ladies basketball: Sophomore guard Caitlyn McCoy guiding Leavitt’s success

Caitlyn McCoy of Leavitt Space Excessive College drives between Arianna Bradeen, left, and Lily Parsons of Mount View Excessive College in the course of the first half of a sport final month in Turner. Daryn Slover/Solar Journal

Caitlyn McCoy is a brilliant sophomore level guard who has been handed the accountability of calling Leavitt’s offensive performs.

The excessive honor pupil eagerly accepted that job regardless of the stress that comes with making split-second choices on the courtroom. Off the courtroom, she can be a power within the classroom and has earned a 3.8 grade level common and is taking superior programs.

“I’m nonetheless an underclassman, however even my freshman yr final yr in comparison with this yr, I’ve type of settled into enjoying highschool basketball extra and it has gotten a bit simpler having the ability to deal with every part happening directly,” she mentioned. “My adrenaline is all the time going. Earlier than video games, my arms will begin shaking and I will probably be bouncing up and down on my toes. As soon as typoff occurs, I’m high quality. I’m simply enjoying my sport…

“I imply, yeah, I do (really feel some stress), however on the identical time I do know that my teammates have the belief in me to be in that place. A lot of them have informed me earlier than that no matter I have they got trusted me with every part as a result of they understand how lengthy I’ve been enjoying (and the) work I put into (the sport).”

McCoy mentioned the sturdy connections between teammates is crucial to the Hornets’ success.

“Actually, simply having the bonds and the connection that I do have with my teammates actually makes it quite a bit simpler as a result of even when I’m having an off sport, they may elevate me up and assist me by means of it, and if I’m having a superb sport (and her teammates are having an off sport), I may also help them by means of it,” she mentioned.

Basketball is her ardour, which developed within the fifth grade. She gave softball a strive in elementary college, however throughout junior excessive, she found out placing the ball within the web was her solely true calling of her in sports activities.

Leavitt Space Excessive College coach Chris Marston mentioned McCoy is averaging 12 factors, 2.5 assists and a couple of.5 steals per sport. He added that she can be a robust defensive participant, too.

“She is an effective anticipator of the basketball off the ball on protection,” he mentioned. “She is fairly good about making use of stress, too, however quite a lot of occasions I do not put her on the opposite group’s greatest participant simply because she is our greatest 4, so (I) like to save lots of her for the perfect matchups that we run. She will get rebounds pretty nicely for her dimension de ella. She is the smallest participant on the ground more often than not on the market.”

McCoy mentioned considered one of her best belongings is her taking pictures, and he or she is snug taking 3-pointers.

“Once in a while, there’s a big-time shot I’ve to take and I’m a bit nervous,” McCoy mentioned. “However I do know that my coach wouldn’t put me in a state of affairs that he knew I could not do or deal with.

“I’ve put quite a lot of my religion into myself. I’ve put so a few years and a lot time into perfecting my shot that I’ll pull the three just about from anyplace that’s real looking on the time, and hopefully it should go in.”

She is happy with the Hornets’ progress as a group and their 5-3 document.

“I believe we’re No. 7 in our class proper now,” McCoy mentioned. “… We have already precipitated lots of people to look our approach, and we have lots of people’s consideration. I believe if we simply maintain enjoying (nicely), we may have a very good season. We is probably not as bodily now, however we’re a very fast group.”


Leavitt’s Caitlyn McCoy seems for a teammate to make a cross to whereas being pressured by Mt. Blue’s Eryn Parlin throughout a February 2022 sport in Turner. Russ Dillingham/Solar Journal

Marston mentioned McCoy just isn’t solely the group’s ball handler, level guard and playmaker.

“She is our communicator,” Marston mentioned. “She type of organizes us on the ground. She type of does all of it. I give her the decision to working our offense quite a bit. She has discovered quite a lot of accountability her second yr.”

Marston’s confidence grew as he watched McCoy excel on the courtroom her freshman season.

“She performed quite a lot of minutes final yr as a freshman and she’s going to in all probability inform you that she was restricted a bit, however it’s nearly like you have to study to stroll earlier than you may run on the varsity stage,” Marston mentioned, “and he or she actually made strides and he or she could be very coachable.

“She could be very wanting to be nice, so, like, she tailored… and earned belief, and when you earn belief, you get extra freedom.”

Marston that the sophomore is not a group captain, however she does fill a management position.

“She nonetheless leads, anyway, and you may type of inform the women look to her for some steerage management as a result of she is just like the baller in our group, like they know that,” Marston mentioned.

Marston satisfied that McCoy has but to succeed in her potential.

“I believe she is simply beginning to present what she ultimately is able to,” he mentioned. “I believe it’s the tip of the iceberg. I believe the perfect remains to be but to come back.”

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