Girls Basketball: Sanford's leadership showing for Lady Hubs

Senior Alexis Sanford attempts a jump shot during Rochelle’s game against Ottawa this past season. Sanford said she's been working to improve her outside shooting in preparation for this coming season. (Photo by Marcy DeLille)

Senior forward staying positive, improving perimeter shooting

Senior forward Alexis Sanford has two goals for what she wants to bring to the Lady Hub varsity basketball team this coming season. One of those involves improving her game on the court, while the other means stepping up and being a role model for her teammates off the court.

A three-sport athlete who played tennis this fall and will compete for the Lady Hub volleyball team in the spring, Sanford earned minutes as a reserve forward for the basketball team this past season. As she works toward her senior season, Sanford said she’s looking to improve her outside shooting ability, score in every game and increase her production on the boards.

“I’m hoping that I bring positivity and cheer everybody on,” Sanford said. “I don’t want to bring any negativity to the team and I don’t want us to split up during the season. I want to lead as much as I can, and even if we don’t have as much of a season this year, I want us to stick together through team bonding… I’ve been working out more individually to better my body for the season, and wearing masks has helped with my endurance. I’m increasing my weights in the weight room and I’m doing as much as I can so I don’t struggle as much on the court.”

While the fate of the basketball season remains in the balance, Sanford said she’s been taking advantage of fall contact days and the team’s skills days to practice with her teammates and build up her individual skills. Sanford will be a key role player in the Lady Hub frontcourt this coming season, and she’ll look to help the varsity team bounce back from a five-win season.

“I thought we tried our best with the players we had and how young we were,” Sanford said. “I think this year will be much better because we only lost a few seniors and we’re like family… My role is to get the ball and dish it out to our guards who can shoot. If we have a season, I think we have a lot of potential as long as we stick together and stay positive throughout it… I’m hoping that, with the practice I had over the summer and what we’ve been able to do during the ball, I can shoot the ball better and be more consistent from outside of the lane.”

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