Athlete of Week: Adderton has MB’s eye on state title

mbghoops-addertonWith a challenging first half of the season behind her and promising future at the next level ahead, Myrtle Beach High senior Kiana Adderton can now focus on one thing – a Class 4A state championship. After falling one win short of that goal last year, Adderton knows this is her and her last chance to hoist the hardware – and she is taking it very seriously.

“My mindset is ‘Eat or be Eaten,’ ” said Adderton, the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week. “If we don’t come out and perform at our best, we will get eaten. With the region starting this weekend, there’s no more time for losing. And when the playoffs start, we have to win every game. If we can make it back to back to states, there’s no way we are coming home without a ring.”

Last year’s loss in the state title game still gnaws at Adderton, who spent the summer playing AAU basketball and visiting various college camps with teammate Nia Sumpter. As teammates since the eighth grade, the two got the opportunity to continue playing together at the next level when both received scholarship offers from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

“It’s a decision we had made all along that we always wanted to go to college together. We were hoping a school would offer both us,” Adderton said. “We went up there in June and we really liked it. The coaches spoke to our parents and told us they wanted both of us. We talked about it and got together to Facetime the coaches and tell them we were coming.”

The commitment allowed the duo to give their full attention to their senior seasons, but Sumpter received a scare when she suffered an injury that sidelined her for a couple of weeks in December. Adderton easily picked up the slack and led the Lady Seahawks to an undefeated record entering the highly competitive CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational over the holiday break.

With Sumpter back in the lineup, Adderton averaged 11 points and nine rebounds per game to lead the Lady Seahawks (8-2) to their first semifinal appearance. The Lady Seahawks suffered a pair of close losses to finish fourth against a national field, the Lady Seahawks are now ready to show they are the best team in South Carolina with one of the best 1-2 combinations in the state.

“We feel like we are one of the top teams but we are also very under-estimated,” Adderton said. “Honestly, I feel like we should have won it all (CBHI) but we made some mistakes and didn’t play our best. But we do feel like it prepared us for the region and we’re ready to make a run.”

– Photo by Prep Stars Media

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