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.
JERSEY NUMBER: 10
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.