Athlete of Week: MB stays perfect thanks to Sumpter

mbghoops-14The Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team is off to a perfect start, and the Lady Seahawks haven’t even had their head coach around to guide them. But they have had their leader both on and off the floor in Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week Nia Sumpter.

Sumpter and the Lady Seahawks (6-0) welcomed coach Jennifer Dennison to the bench for the first time this season after dealing with an illness, but Myrtle Beach was without starters Kiana Adderton and Keocia Walker. Just as she has all season, the junior guard delivered with a career-high 26 points in a 54-36 victory over rival Conway.

“I had a good game tonight,” Sumpter said modestly. “We were missing a couple of players so I had to step it up even more. It was great having Coach back. We’ve just been trying to make her proud and she said she was proud of us tonight.”

Sumpter is leading Myrtle Beach in scoring this season and has several double-doubles for rebounding. She has shown significant improvement in hitting the offensive glass and getting put-backs, but her biggest contributions may be her leadership during her coach’s absence. That could come in handy as she and the Lady Seahawks make a run for a state title this season.

“We’re definitely shooting for a state championship,” she said. “We’ve lost in the third round every year I’ve played and it’s getting old. We’ve been playing together for a long time so we believe we can do it. We just have to play hard and play together as a team.”

But first the Lady Seahawks will put their undefeated record on the line in the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational, which attracts some of the top teams and talent in the country to the girls basketball tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Myrtle Beach faces Christ The King (NY) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

– Photo by Prep Stars Media

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