2018-12-05 / Sports

Athlete of the Week

Laycee Drake Laycee Drake Deposit Hancock basketball player Laycee Drake was an unstoppable force Monday night in the title game of the Walton Tip-Off Tournament.

The Sophomore had a 45-point performance that helped lead the D/H squad to the victory and Drake was named MVP of the tournament.

“Laycee broke the Hancock single game scoring record for a female basketball player last night as well,” said D/H coach Scott Young. “The previous record was 40 points held by Section IV Hall of Famer Ann Young set in February of ‘88, so essentially that record stood for 30 years.”

Young said there are many things that make Drake a great ball player.

“First and foremost court vision, second - basketball IQ and the topping is flat out hard work,” said Young. “Some of her skill set is just plain genetics, but you can not achieve her skill level without playing for hours every day of your life. Also this year, Laycee has set all of her personal goals defensively. That is 100 percent team orientated for sure.”

Young describes Drake as a quality human being, very mature, a good student and a good friend.

“She is also super low key, nothing really phases her - on the outside at least,” he added.

Drake works all year long on her game, playing with several AAU teams and anywhere talented players congregate.

“She makes it to every work out we have all year long and I am told by many people around town that every time they drive by her house she is outside shooting,” said Young. “It is also worth noting that Laycee is the youngest sibling of four and has two older brothers, so she always played with them and took all of their beatings. I have always noticed that some of our best female athletes have older siblings that have pushed them through their development and of course, parents that are willing to drive all over creation to get the game time.”

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