Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 12, 2014

May day in season

PikeView’s May claims Player of Week award

GARDNER — The PikeView Lady Panthers have compiled a 13-3 record this season.

Part of the reason for that success lies with one of its guards, 6-foot sophomore Madison May, who is capable of playing all five positions on the floor and averages around 15 points a game for Coach Karen Miller’s squad.

Last week in games against Nicholas County, No. 1 Summers County and Bluefield, May scored 64 points and helped her team gain three victories. As a result of her performance, May is the latest Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week.

“Madison had a real big week and we played three tough games — Nicholas County starting out that week, then Summers County and Bluefield,” Miller said. “Those were three big games and she just came out and played exceptionally well on both ends of the court, offense and defense.

“She’s the type, if she sees something out there on the court that she thinks that we should do, she’ll yell at the girls, she’ll mention it to the coaching staff and she’ll tell them, ‘Hey watch this person here, there, whatever.’

“She’s definitely one of the leaders on the court. She sees a lot out there.”

May talked about the three games in detail, beginning with Nicholas County, scoring 15 points, while also adding 11 rebounds and four steals in a 47-29 win over the Grizzlies.

“Nicholas County was our first game back from about a two-week span of not playing.” May said. “We were really rusty, one of us had to step up and take charge and once I started scoring everybody started scoring and we all played really good after that.”

That was followed by a huge 45-29 win over previously undefeated Summers County, with May providing 15 points and four steals.

“The Summers County game, I don’t know what kind of zone I was in,” May said. “I was ready to win. I set my goal, I wasn’t going to lose that game and my team put me in the zone to win it.

“We all wanted to win. We were not losing that game no matter what.”

That followed last Saturday with 24 points and six rebounds for May, as the Panthers made it a 3-0 week with a 61-56 win over Bluefield. PikeView suffered a blow in that game when junior Lyndsay Hatfield was elbowed in the nose during a scramble for a loose ball.

Hatfield won the same award earlier this season for PikeView.

“We were all not laying our best. We were all happy about the Summers County game still and Lyndsay got hurt and that was not good at all,” May said. “I don’t know what to do without Lyndsay on the court. She keeps me going, her and my sister (Alexis).

“The whole team just keeps me hyped up and ready to play. We were down against Bluefield and I knew I had to score, had to do something about it and I did and we ended up winning the game.”

The youngest daughter of Brian and Missy May, Madison has two older sisters, Brittany and Alexis who is also a member of this year’s Lady Panthers’ team.

May talked of how she got started in basketball.

“When I was about 3 or 4, I always played soccer and didn’t really like playing basketball. Then my older sister, Brittany, I always looked up to her, she played basketball before any of us did,” May said. “I always looked up to her and I wanted to be like her. So when I was about 4, I started playing basketball and ever since I have been playing.”

May said one of the keys to the team’s success is their good chemistry and friendships that have off the court that carry into the gym. Last year’s team advanced to the Class AA state tournament and May and her teammates have that goal in sight as the regular season winds down.

“We need to win. We need to win all of our games from here out,” May said. We don’t need to lose any games. We need to show everybody that we can go to states and can win.

“We need to play together. We have very good chemistry and we all work really good together, so we just have to keep going on and win. We can’t lose and we have to be positive about everything.”

PikeView was slated to play Shady Spring on Wednesday, but that game was snowed out. When the Panthers do get back on the floor, May will be looking for more of the same from last week’s performance.

“Knowing that we are going to always be there for each other is really good,” May said. “We always trust each other and that means on the basketball court when one of our men gets by us, we have to trust that somebody else is going to be out there to pick our man up and we have to help each other play.

“We have to have each other’s back on the court. With us being close it helps us trust each other on the court and that’s what we have to have.”

Miller said that May is an valuable asset who can play anywhere on the court and is instrumental in keeping the team focused and on point.

“What’s so good about her, we can put her at any position and she can play point if we need her,” Miller said. “She can play the 2-guard, 3-guard, post or forward position, she is that versatile.”

May has both near-term and future aspirations and both are related to basketball.

“My goal is to win a state championship. That’s my number one goal,” May said. “After that I really would like to get a basketball scholarship and major in business.

“More than anything our goal is to win the state championship this year.”

—Contact Bob Redd

at bredd@bdtonline.com

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