A to Z with Rhoda Reid
Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 9:57 p.m.
JERSEY NUMBER: 3
A rea girls basketball player I would pay to watch play: Madison O’Leary of Oak Hall. She is very aggressive and is always going after the ball.
B est movie I’ve ever seen?: “Love and Basketball.” I just like it, I’ve been watching it since I was young.
C oach Jimmy Blankenship’s best words of advice for me: “Go out and play like it is your last game and give 110 percent all of the time.”
D inner on an ideal night: I’d like to go out to the Olive Garden with Cartaesha Macklin and eat chicken dumpling soup, and all you can eat salad and breadsticks.
E asiest class or part of the school day: Co-op class. I get out of school at 11:45 a.m. and then I go home and babysit my 3-year-old cousin Byron Stevenson.
F avorite thing about playing with Cartaesha Macklin, who was a senior last season and is now playing at Southern Illinois: She always gave us motivational speeches. She always played hard, and I have always looked up to her. She played hard every minute and never stopped. If we were losing, she never let her opponent know that she was down. She was always playing like we were winning.
G ame-winning 3-pointer or drive to the basket or delivering a nice pass that leads to the winning basket: A nice pass that leads to the winning basket. It is good to know that you are sharing the ball and letting everyone know that they are involved, and assists look good on the stat sheet.
H ardest thing about playing sports at Lafayette as Jamal and Sunshine’s little sister?: They push me hard so I can be better than them. They were very good, and I am always working hard to get on their level.
(Note: Jamal Reid was The Sun’s 2008 small school football player of the year and is a WR at Jacksonville University; Sunshine Reid was a first-team all-area girls basketball player three times).
I nteresting thing about me away from basketball: I love playing with kids. I am always playing with my little cousins. They look up to me, and I try and be a good role model to them. They like playing sports too. I am always with kids everyday.
J oker on the team: Danielle Templin. She tries to dance and she can’t dance. We are always laughing and picking on each other.
K obe Bryant or LeBron James?: LeBron James, of course. He is not cocky when he plays. He leaves it all on the court.
L afayette girls basketball means what to the town of Mayo: It means a lot, and we have accomplished a lot of things that many people didn’t think we could do.
M ayo’s most happening hangout spot?: The Quarters. It is the neighborhood where I live. Everyone hangs out and has a good time.
N ew Year’s resolution?: Just to keep playing hard, build the team stronger and win the Class 1A state championship.
O ne person in my life who inspires me most: My mom, Willie Thomas, my brother Jamal Reid, my sister Sunshine Reid and my dad O’Neal Reid. Through thick and thin, they are always going to be there for me no matter what.
P otential college major: I want to get into the medical field and I want to be a pediatrician. That is where the money is at.
Q uiet time activity: The only quiet time I get is when I am sleeping.
R eaching the Class 2A state semifinals in each of the last two seasons and three times in the last four years has been ... Great, but it was heartbreaking to not win a state championship in the times we have been there.
S uperstition I have: I wear a purple undershirt for every game. Last year when we beat Graceville to go to state, I wore that shirt and I have been wearing it ever since.
T witter or Facebook page status post?: Facebook.
U niversities or colleges considering: I’d like to play basketball in college somewhere.
V acation spot I love: Atlanta. I enjoy going there and shopping and spending time with my godmother Jacquleyn Scott and godsister Ambriel Scott.
W hat is the toughest thing about being the leader and the go-to-player for this year’s team?: Everybody is always depending on me. I had a feeling it was going to be like that. So I came prepared and I’m doing what I need to do for the team.
X box, PlayStation or Wii?: Wii. I like playing “Just Dance 3.”
Y ear I was born: 1993.
Z oo animal I like most: I don’t like animals.