Hancock Lumber Player of the Week: Melody Millett
Melody Millett knows she has to be physical, hustle and out work taller players she faces night in and night out if her Laker team is to be successful.
No problem, Mel is always up for the challenge. What the LR senior forward lacks in height (5-foot-5), she certainly makes up with heart and aggressive play. Rarely will she ever back down against much taller players, which was on full exhibit last Friday night as Mel battled Wells’ big front line of Taryn Lambert (5-foot-10) and Halee Ramsdell (5-foot-10).
In the closing seconds with the Lakers up just one point, Mel came away with a missed Warrior shot.
“Mel is such a pleasure to coach! She has the ability to impact her team in so many ways. You always know how Mel is feeling. She rarely disguises her emotions and that is one reason why I love coaching her,” Lake Region varsity girls’ basketball coach Paul True said. “She plays hard and is an extremely versatile player! Over the years, Mel has matured into a very good player and an even better teammate!”
In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Melody is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.
The Millett File
Athlete: Melody Millett
Year in School: Senior
Parent: Becky Tripp
Sports you play: Soccer, basketball, softball
School organizations: Varsity Club
Why did you choose to play basketball? It’s not just a sport to me, it’s part of who I am.
What is the most difficult part of the game? The most difficult part of the game for me is keeping a level head because I know at the end of the day we’ll play our hardest.
What do you enjoy the most about basketball? I love my teammates and the atmosphere during our home games! Nothing is better than wearing a Lake Region girls’ basketball jersey.
What do you feel you need to work on and why? I need to work on free throws because they win games.
Why is teamwork important? Teamwork makes the dream work! All great things come from working together.
What is the biggest impact your coach has had on you? Coach True will always be one of the best coaches I will ever have! He doesn’t just coach basketball for me, he’s like a father figure!
How do you want people to view you as an athlete? I want people to see that I’m hardworking and that I don’t give up easily!
Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? I’ll remember the atmosphere in the Nut House surrounded by everyone from my amazing community and teammates!