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
“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.”