Alexus Parker of Calvary Day is the top girls player for 2013. She led the Cavaliers to a 26-4 record and a berth in the GHSA-A Final 4.
Parker led the Cavaliers to a long playoff run, averaging over 22 points a game, while pulling down 9 rebounds. Her season high came against Pace, a 38 point effort to get into the final four. "We accomplished a lot individually, accomplished a lot teamwise, accomplished a lot in the classroom, I did," said Parker. "It was just an overall good year."
She's been playing basketball since she was in the 6th grade. Originally having a love for soccer, she began playing on the basketball court at the urging of her brother, and she's taken over from there. "Alexus was born with just a lot of athletic ability, a lot of God given talent, that you can't teach but after the fact she has worked very hard over the summer, playing AAU, just doing something pretty much every day for the last few years," said coach Jackie Hamilton.
Parker added, "All season, working out, practicing my weakness with my brothers and just working on my game."
Off the court, she has a 3.5 grade point average carrying a college prep workload. But she also takes away things she learns on the basketball court. "Sometimes you can't just rely on yourself, you've got to like depend on others, you can't always do it by yourself," said Parker. "So, basketball you've got to work as a team to get things accomplished. So, you can apply that to life."
And her work in the classroom and on the court is taking her on a scholarship to Prairie View where she wants to study forensic science.