Athlete of the Week: Price is right leader for Lady Sharks

sjghoops-21priceSt. James senior Hannah Price already has her immediate future secured with a softball scholarship to Coker College.

But before she moves on to the next level, the hard-hitting first/third baseman has some unfinished business on the basketball court.

In fact, the two-sport star has helped the up-and-coming Lady Sharks to a 9-2 start and was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week.

“We only lost two seniors and we still have our rotation together,” Price said of her squad. “Everyone has gotten stronger in the offseason. We played in summer tournament and have been working hard since October. We want to have a great season.”

St. James is off to a nice start, but region play opens this week and that’s when it really counts. After North Myrtle Beach snapped Myrtle Beach’s streak of region titles last year, the race seems wide open this season.

“I think we definitely have as good a chance as anybody,” she said. “We’re definitely better than we were last year and we’re playing together better. This is our best start since I’ve been here.”

As one of only two seniors on the squad, Price has been asked to not only serve as a leader but also to help the team out in new ways. As a longtime point guard/shooting guard, she has spent more time crashing the boards to help the undersized squad.

“Coach asked me to be more of a leader this year and that comes pretty naturally to me,” she said. “I’m not the cheerleader type, but I try to do whatever I can to lead by example. This year that means focusing more on rebounding.”

Price is averaging 10 points per game but has also been making a big impact on the boards. And if she continues to raise the level of play of those around her, Price could lead a breakthrough season in basketball before she turns her attention to the softball diamond.

“It would be nice to go out a winner,” she said.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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