All-area girls basketball: Myeshia Hall, large school player of the year
Monday, March 28, 2011
by Matt Porter
Myeshia Hall has always had the ability to put up huge numbers.
Hall was everywhere on the court her senior season for Palm Beach Lakes, averaging 24.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, six assists, 5.2 steals and 2.3 blocks per game.
A natural wing at 5-feet-8, she could defend anyone except the largest post players. She scored a career-high 41 points (with 10 steals and 10 rebounds) against powerful Lincoln Park Academy on Dec. 3, and led Lakes to a District 15-5A championship, scoring a game-high 29 points in a 64-61 title win over Dwyer.
But Hall won't be remembered just for the numbers she put up. Rams coach Cassandra Rahming said Hall's biggest accomplishment in high school was turning into a leader.
"I saw her in middle school, and she had this thing about her," Rahming said. "It's hard to teach kids to be confident. Not that she was cocky or arrogant, but she knew she could do things no other kids could do."
But as the only freshman and then sophomore on the Rams varsity, Hall struggled. She remembers getting mad and "shutting down" when she wasn't playing well.
"My attitude has changed drastically," Hall said. "When I came out as a freshman, I didn't look at it like I should. I got older and realized I can't just look at myself. It's a team game."
Hall will take her skills to Old Dominion, where she will start the learning process all over again. She says she's committed to getting stronger, increasing her "basketball IQ" and maintaining the momentum she built at Lakes.
"I feel I'm going to do good," she said. "I'm going to keep the same attitude, but work twice as hard."
COACH OF THE YEAR
Palm Beach Lakes
After Lakes finished 12-14 last year, she turned the Rams around, leading them to a 22-7 record � including two wins over powerhouse Dwyer � and a district title.
Posted a double-double in every game and averaged 19.7 points and 14.5 rebounds per contest.
Six-foot-5 center who dominated on the boards, averaing a large schools-best 15.8 rebounds per game.
The 2010 Palm Beach Post Player of the Year was the glue of Dwyer's 22-7 team. Signed with Mercer University.
Boynton Beach, Junior
Quick guard averaged 18.4 points and 16.4 rebounds per game and was especially deadly from beyond the arc.
Palm Beach Lakes, Sophomore
Attacked the basket and created offense like few others in the area. Averaged 19.4 points per game and carried the Rams at times.
F: Sam Glodis, Dwyer, So.
F: Megan Pino, Jupiter, Jr.
G: Shakoa Edwards, Boynton Beach, Fr.
G: Kaitlyn Larkin, Jupiter, Sr.
G: Dominique St. Juste, Lake Worth, Sr.
Atlantic: Cartrecia Ward.
Boca Raton: Abby Bukovich, Gabby Daniels.
Dwyer: Kiandra Bowers, Frances DeYounks, Keyanna Harris, Alicia Hines.
Forest Hill: La'Tiara Calloway.
John I. Leonard: Tamoya Merritt.
Jupiter: Shannon Caspar, Katie Rienas, Ali St. Van.
Lake Worth: Tanisha Thermidor, Shatavia Smith.
Palm Beach Central: Lexus Love, Mariah-Caurhyn Smesler.
Palm Beach Gardens: Brandi Robertson, Bridgette Zavithsanos.
Palm Beach Lakes: Rona Gabriel.
Park Vista: Caitlin Hayes, Christina Saint Pierre.
Seminole Ridge: Rebecca Lane.
Spanish River: Kacie Grossman, Ali Haberman.
Suncoast: Allison Ray, Capri Winn.
Wellington: Quinn Ruderman.
West Boca Raton: Jessica Perrin, Rachel Stempel.