A to Z with Cartaesha Macklin

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.

Cartaesha Macklin was The Sun's small school female athlete of the year for 2009-10.

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Hornets senior guard Cartaesha Macklin

Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer

SCHOOL: Lafayette

YEAR: Senior



A rea basketball player I would pay to watch play: Jessica Goble of Buchholz. She is a diverse guard because of her height.

B est movie I've ever seen: “Love & Basketball.” It is a romantic tale of two ballplayers going through college life and handling difficult situations as basketball players.

C oach Jimmy Blankenship's best words of advice for me: “The war is not lost if there is more than one battle.” We may play a team more than one time in the regular season, but facing them in the playoffs is the most important time. He also yells “get after it” everyday at practice.

D inner on an ideal night: Texas Roadhouse. I like sirloin steak and baked potato with sour cream, bacon and cheese.

E SPN's best program: “Top 10 plays.”

F avorite thing about playing in the paint and rebounding while being 5-foot-5: I like being underestimated and out-jumping other players to grab a rebound.

G ame-winning 3-pointer or drive to the basket or delivering a nice pass that leads to the winning basket: Delivering a no-look pass that leads to the winning basket. The other team always expects me to score the last basket and delivering a pass would be different and out of the ordinary.

H ardest thing about being a successful three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, softball): The transformation of the different types of conditioning for each sport.

I nteresting thing about me away from sports: I like drawing and fake rapping.

J ust ask me, I can tell you all about...: Maya Moore of Connecticut. She is my idol. I look up to her, and I love how she plays and how humble she is about her talent.

K obe Bryant or LeBron James?: Kobe Bryant. I have been a fan of his since I was a young girl.

L afayette girls basketball means what to the town of Mayo?: Pride and unity.

M ayo's most happening hang out spot: The high school parking lot. Everybody is up there hanging out and chatting or they are meeting up there to go someplace.

N ew Year's resolution: To get more focused on being a student-athlete in my senior year.

O ne person in my life who inspires me most: Paris Edwards. She took me in at a difficult time in my life and showed me a more respectable way of handling myself and the things I do. My mom, Carla Thomas. She has been through so much and always has the right things to say.

P otential college major: Criminal Justice.

Q uiet time activity: I like drawing and writing poetry.

R eading newspapers or browsing the Internet to get my high school sports information?: Reading the newspaper.

S uperstition I have: If I don't wear my Under Armour gear, I think I am going to play bad.

T witter or Facebook page status post?: Facebook.

U niversities or colleges considering: Santa Fe College, Jacksonville University, FAMU, James Madison (Va.) and Tallahassee Community College (Note: Macklin has received a scholarship offer for softball from TCC and has received basketball interest from the other schools).

V acation spot I love: Orlando.

W hat area players would I want to see in a four person one-on-one tournament and how would it go?: Niya Johnson of P.K. Yonge, Jessica Goble of Buchholz, Anbreyal Stewart of Union County and myself. I'll play Stewart first and I'll win 11-6; Goble will beat Johnson, 12-10. I'll beat Goble in the final, 11-9.

X box, PlayStation or Wii?: Wii. I like playing Just Dance 2.

Y ear I was born: 1992.

Z oo animal I like most: Monkeys. They are active and fun to watch.

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