It’s a new and improved Meshay Cox that the Lady Hawks have on the court this season. Once a part of a loaded Myrtle squad, the senior now finds herself stepping into new roles, and she’s taken the challenge head on.
“Last year, we had Halle (Knowles) at point guard, so I didn’t have to worry about taking the ball down the court or posting, where we had Aspriona (Gilbert) or shooting as much, because we had Jenna (Jordan) and Kiana (Judon), but I’ve had to pick up and start doing all of that,” she said. “It’s been tough, but we’re getting better as practice goes on.”
Knowing she would be needed more and in multiple areas, Cox worked on specific parts of her game, mainly posting and shooting and said the team is showing improvement from game to game.
“I’ve worked on posting, because I’ve never had to do that before. We’ve had Aspriona for that, and I’ve also worked on my shooting,” she explained. “It’s kind of scary, because Keyauna (Carter) and I are the only ones who have experience playing in games, but it’s fun.”
And her coach has also noticed the improvement and is proud of her success in the early part of the season.
“I’m very proud of her, and she’s had some tough games having to do things that she’s not used to,” Myrtle coach Cliff Ormon said. “I’ve watched as she’s matured, helping the kids and pushing them to get better. I hope she continues to do that. I’ve told her from the get go that there will be challenges, but if she continues, it will also help her in life situations as well.”
Cox scored 24 points in the Lady Hawks 49-42 loss to Biggersville on Monday, and despite the loss, Cox is confident of the team’s ability to continue improving heading into division play.
“We need to focus on not passing to the other team; turnovers in the first half, as well as the second half,” she explained. “We also need to work on shooting and getting someone else comfortable bringing the ball down the court.”
The Lady Hawks played at Blue Mountain on Tuesday, beginning a five-game road stretch. Myrtle will be at Ingomar this Friday, and the school’s next home game will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 against the Houlka Wildcats.