Girls basketball starter consistently controls court


Ally Hudome

Alexis Starks takes the ball down the court at a home game against Princess Anne on Nov. 30, 2018.

Ally Hudome, Staff Writer

Junior starter Alexis Starks is known for her quick speed up the court, aggressive defense, and successful drives to the basket.

“My biggest inspiration to keep playing basketball is my family,” said Alexis.

She started playing basketball when she was only eight years old.  Much like her favorite Women’s National Basketball Association player, Sue Bird, Alexis is a determined player.

“I always get my craziness out, so I can be calm, cool, and collected mentally before I warm up,” said Alexis.

“She leads the team on the defensive end by guarding the best player and shutting them down,” said varsity head coach Lisa Merriweather.

As a captain Alexis leads the team with her defensive skills, averaging four steals per game.

“She helps to control our transition game by knowing when to run and push the ball,” said Merriweather.

As one of the point guards on the team, Alexis knows the correct times to pass the ball, and her speed allows her to break through the defense and drive to the basket for a layup. She averages five assists per game.

Alexis wants to continue playing on the college level with the support of her parents and coaches.

“My goal for this season is to develop my skills and leadership for next season, hopefully, win Regionals, and go to States,” said Alexis.