Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 7, 2014

Dejah’s view on the court helps G-Girl to weekly honor

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Dejah Carter has a different view of the basketball court than most of her teammates and opponents. At six-feet-three inches tall, the Graham High School freshman is a potent weapon on both ends of the court for the G-Girls.

Last week in three games Carter tallied 22 points, pulled down 29 rebounds and blocked 13 shots to earn Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week honors.

Carter started the week with eight points, nine rebounds and seven blocks against Giles. She came back a night later against Narrows with 10 rebounds, six points and four blocks, and finished off the week against Bland County with 10 rebounds, eight points and two blocks vs. Bland County.

“She means a lot to the team. As a freshman, she’s really stepped it up. I am pleased with how she has progressed throughout the season,” said Graham head coach Tracy Raban. “You’ve got a kid that’s 6’3 on your team, it totally changes how you can play the whole game. Our guards, defensively, can pick up the pressure because if we get beat, we’ve got a big body back there for us.”

Carter credits her success to hard work and help from her coaches and teammates.

“I have been working hard in practice and I try to do my best in every game. Sometimes you are not going to have your best game, but I have always wanted to have my best game each and every game,” Carter said.

Carter is one of three freshman starters for the G-Girls who are 13-6 this season. The other ninth grade grabbing a starting nod are Jia Coppola and Lexi Kiser, and sophomores Emaleigh Gallinger and Casey Spencer of who all played AAU ball with Carter as members of the Bluefield Pride.

“We have a young team and we have a very talented team too. Jia is a big help for me... she has amazing passes. Her assists to me are always on point and she knows if it should be a bounce pass, an overhead pass, a fake to the left or something. She has always given me an awesome pass,” Carter said. “And Emaleigh is really good at trying to get the ball into the post.”

Raban spoke of Carter’s play on the offensive end of the court.

“She has just stepped it up the last couple of games,” Raban said. “People are starting to talk about her. She’s not just a 6’3 kid, people know her name now and our team is starting to find out that getting her the ball is getting pressure off us and opening up other opportunities for our perimeter players. She means a lot and as the games keep going, she means a lot more.”

Carter grew up in Tazewell and attended Tazewell Elementary and Middle School before moving to Graham last year as an eighth grader. She began playing ball at a young age and a love affair ensued.

“I was around 4 or 5  and when I actually learned the basics I said, ‘Hey, I’m actually good at this. This can be something that could really be in my future,’” Carter said. “So every time I saw a basketball, I was like, ‘I’ve got to play this.’”

Though just a freshman, Carter has already made plans for the future.

“I plan to go to college. I am still trying to focus on which one I want, and I want to be a veterinarian,” Carter said.

Raban concluded, “She’s got a good, strong head on her and she is determined.”

Look for Carter to be a force the next three years for the G-Girls and for college coaches to descend upon GHS the next few years as Carter continues to grow in stature and skill.

— Contact Bob Redd at

bredd@bdtonline.com

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