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with Macey and that’s nice to know.”

But just be­ing a scorer, al­ready with over 1,000 ca­reer points, only tells half the story.

She stepped up her game on both ends of the floor this past sea­son, pulling down over five re­bounds to go with nearly three steals a game. She tied for the team lead in re­bound­ing aver­age and led LFO in steals, as­sists and blocks

per game.

“She doesn’t mind get­ting in there and do­ing the dirty work,” Watkins added. “She’ll re­bound and play de­fense against the other team’s best play­ers.”

Watkins cited a cru­cial late-sea­son re­gion game against North Mur­ray.

“(Lady Moun­taineer stand­out) Sarah Ple­mons was re­ally giv­ing some of our girls some prob­lems and Macey asked ‘Coach, can I take her?’,” he re­called. “It’s a spe­cial trait to have.

Not only can she give you 20 points a game, but she can also go and guard the other team’s best player.”

Gregg said she would like to take ad­van­tage of the early col­lege sign­ing pe­riod, but she has yet to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion. Sev­eral schools, in­clud­ing Mercer, Ten­nessee-Martin, Ge­or­gia South­ern, North Ge­or­gia, Alaba­maHuntsville, Lee and Lip­scomb all have ei­ther made of­fers or showed very high in­ter­est in her tal­ents.

“The goal (next

year) is to win a re­gion cham­pi­onship, have an­other state play­off game and hope­fully make it far­ther than we did this year,” Gregg added.

As for Watkins, he’s happy to know he’ll have his top gun­ner back for one more run.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to know I’m go­ing to have her for one more year be­cause we have some high goals,” he said. “We’re also los­ing eight se­niors, so we have to get some other young play­ers ready to play with her.”

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