TEXARKANA, Texas — Emma Prince has shown not only talent but also tremendous growth in her two years of varsity basketball for Texas High.
Prince, just a sophomore, has helped the Lady Tigers reach the Class 5A playoffs by battling for rebounds inside, working to become a better defender and stepping up her shooting from outside.
THS clashes with Huntsville in a bi-district game at 6 p.m. Friday at Timpson High School.
"We're really excited about the playoffs on Friday, and we expect to make a deep run and go further than we did last year," Prince said. "We've been working really hard this past two weeks, since our regular season finale. I've been working hard, trying to get my shot better; I work before practice and after practice to make my shooting better.
"Your shot develops the more you shoot, so it really helps me to get in extra shooting time."
She attributes her development to the leadership and drive provided by the upperclassmen in Texas High's girls basketball program.
"The older players push me to be better; they're like older sisters to me," Prince said. "They're always there if I need anything, and they've been like that since I was a freshman. They make me better because they're more experienced and are good leaders on the team."
Emma is the daughter of Tracy and Brad Prince.
With this postseason and two more years remaining, Prince has the desire to continue making a difference on the court for the Tigers, and she knows she will continue to find success under the team's coaches.
"Our coaches are great. They're always pushing us to be better and want us to be better," Prince said. "Even when they're hard on us, it's for a reason; they just want the best for us. Our coaches are there to help us with off the court stuff and on the court, too. It's really nice to have coaches you know support you."