Mililani Count­ing On Ta­lented Se­nior

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

With four starters hav­ing com­pleted their el­i­gi­bil­ity from last sea­son, the Mililani girls bas­ket­ball team finds it­self in re­group mode as it of­fi­cially be­gins pre­sea­son camp this week.

For Tro­jan se­nior Zyr­i­ana Davies, that means see­ing her role ex­pand.

“She’s ready for a break­out year,” said head coach Pa­trick Basilio, who led the Tro­jans to a 13-3 mark last sea­son and a Di­vi­sion I state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance.

Davies re­cently took some time away to visit with Mid­Week’s Cen­tral Oahu Is­lan­der.

What is your ear­li­est sports mem­ory? When I was in fifth grade, I be­gan run­ning track and play­ing bas­ket­ball at Keoneula Ele­men­tary (in Ewa Beach). It was kind of scary at first. I had a re­ally hard time. I didn’t know the peo­ple, and I didn’t know the con­cepts of bas­ket­ball.

Who has had the big­gest im­pact on your life? My mom (Jus­tine). She’s been there for me since I started play­ing sports. She ran track and played bas­ket­ball, and she tried to teach me stuff that she knew.

What area of your game did you fo­cus on the most this off-sea­son? My post moves. That’s some­thing my coach al­ways told me I needed to work on, and that I needed to be more ag­gres­sive.

When did you know bas­ket­ball was THE sport for you? My fresh­man year was when I de­cided I wanted to con­tinue play­ing and, hope­fully, get a schol­ar­ship. I’ve got­ten more se­ri­ous about it my se­nior year.

Which team­mate plays the tough­est de­fense at prac­tice? Mikaela Lim­per. Al­though she’s tiny, she re­ally plays ag­gres­sive de­fense against the op­pos­ing team. And she has a high bas­ket­ball IQ.

What web­site do you go to the most? Google. I use it for my home­work and for look­ing up schools (po­ten­tial col­leges).

What film could you watch over and over? Love and Bas­ket­ball. I love that movie — and Coach Carter.

What item could you not live with­out? My phone be­cause I can look up my home­work online. Our teach­ers some­times al­low us to use our phone to look up in­for­ma­tion.

Who are three of your fa­vorite mu­si­cal artists? Trey Songz. I re­ally like Keri Hil­son and also Chris Brown.

How do you like to spend your free time? I like work­ing out, and I like read­ing.

Where do you see your­self in 10 years? Hope­fully, as a phar­ma­cist. My mom is in the med­i­cal field. She is the one who in­spired me.

What is your dream desti­na­tion? Ja­maica. Ev­ery­one says it’s re­ally pretty.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe and can have only one food. What would it be? Spaghetti. I could eat spaghetti ev­ery day.

What celebrity would you most like to meet? (Gospel singer) Don­nie McClurkin.

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