Athlete of Week: Adderton keeps focus on team goals

mbghoops-43jMyrtle Beach High basketball player Kiana Adderton is honored to be named the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week, but the sophomore is more focused on team goals at this point in the season.

Adderton has helped steer the way for her Lady Seahawk teammates this season as she recently averaged 17.5 points per game to help capture key wins over rivals North Myrtle Beach and St. James to keep them at an undefeated region record.

“I feel good about being a part of this team and being able to help the Seahawks have a perfect regional record,” said Adderton. “I have always wanted to be a part of something great and I believe being on this team is a step closer to that.”

Adderton’s impressive athleticism on the court, and her incredible leadership despite her young age, are just two of the many factors that earned her the individual award.

From her starting career as a Lady Seahawk in the eighth grade until now, Adderton’s mindset toward the sport of basketball is like no other.  She puts on her jersey with great intentions to put points on the scoreboard for her team, and to help shape the already well known Seahawks athletics program.

“I thank God for blessing me not only with my talent, but being a part of the Lady Seahawks basketball team and athletic program,” said Adderton.

However, Adderton’s basketball skills did not come easily as she has spent hours on the court perfecting every shot. Her hoops ambitions began at 9 years old, when she picked up a basketball for the first time. She has been dedicated to the game ever since and has always seen a greater picture in her future.

“My main goal this season is to be a champion. I’ve always wanted to know what it felt like,” said Adderton. “I want to look back and say I was a part of something great.”

Adderton has stayed humble while playing a key role in this year’s season. She tries to drown out the spotlight while playing the game she loves most with her “Seahawk Family.” Adderton relies on teammates and fellow major scorers Nia Sumpter and Keocia Walker to back her up during their intense matchups.

“It has always been easy for me to stay humble,” Adderton said. “I always tell myself to move in silence and let success make the noise. I have great games sometimes, but I never take it to the head because I can always be better. I always look up to LeBron James and the way he moves. He is a humble guy who never brags.”

With an impressive start to the season the Seahawks could be on the rise to another state title with Addeton to help lead them to victory.

“I honestly think that we can win a state championship,” Adderton said. “I think this is a special team and this might just be our year.”

A Class 3A state title is one honor Adderton would love to share with her teammates.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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