2018-03-21 / Front Page

ECHS freshman named 1-AA player of year

By KeAndra Troupe
Paw Print Editor-in-Chief

For the first time in over a decade, an ECHS student was named Region 1-AA

Player of the Year in Girls Basketball. It was freshman

Makayla Timpson who received that honor at the region meeting Feb. 4,

2018.

Timpson has been recognized throughout the 2017-18 season. Her outstanding performances as center and power forward helped lead her team to the second round of state playoffs.

Athletic Director Craig

Storey says, “Makayla is a remarkable player. She plays well beyond her age.

Coach Graham is always bragging about her and how she makes her team better. I am also impressed with how well she is doing academically at the high school.”

Assistant Coach Tina Jones says, “It has been a pleasure coaching a player such as Makayla, and I look forward to the other three years with her to watch her continue to blossom. I don't know another player right now who is more deserving of the title Player of the Year. She is very coachable and mannerable and that along is going to take her to high places.” On the topic of her being named “Player of the Game” 16 times and “Region 1-AA Player of the Year,” Timpson says, “I am honored to be awarded for my hard work and dedication along with my team. It is an inspiration to have as much recognition as a freshman. I can only imagine what my next three years of playing basketball will bring.”

As a freshman, she says she did not expect to have as much recognition and awards. Timpson ended the game against Berrien December 15 with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocked shots and one steal. In the first round of the 2018 Playoffs against St. Vincent, Timpson scored 15 points, eight rebounds and one steal.

Timpson has played basketball for three years. She started in middle school playing recreation basketball. When asked about her future plans, she replied, “I plan to attend college and play basketball, hopefully as a shooting guard. My main goal is to make it to the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association).”

Over the summer she is going to play AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Travel Ball. Timpson says she would like to improve her dribbling and shooting for next year’s basketball season.

Head Coach Kimmie Graham says, “I’ve never met a player as humble and athletic as Makayla. She is funny and loves making the team laugh but knows when I’m serious and it’s time to get down to business. As long as Makayla maintains her humbleness and willingness to get better academically and athletically she will always exceed in her future endeavors.”

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