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Rhoades is Female Gamer of the Week

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Mara Rhoades of Winfield High School.

The Winfield Generals girl's basketball team had started the season with some ups and downs before going on a three-game losing streak two weeks ago. That streak was broken last week with a big win against their cross county rivals Hurricane High. Helping to lead her team to victory was senior Mara Rhoades, who scored 15 points and added eight assists and five rebounds in the crucial win. That win keeps them above .500 with an 8-7 record on the season.

This senior is the Generals' returning starting point guard and has averaged more than 10 points a game.

"We are improving every game. We had to replace the three starting seniors from last season so our starters didn't have much varsity experience and we started out a little rough. Our teamwork has been an area that we have improved on the most. Everyone is becoming more comfortable with me each other and how we play," Mara said.

Mara has suffered a few injuries during the season, which she has been playing through. "I feel like my court vision and not letting other teams dictate how we play has been my strengths this season," she said.

The Winfield girls have not been to the state tournament since 2008, when they changed to AAA, but Mara and her team feel that their determination and hard work will make this year the year that their state tournament drought ends. Their goal is to improve upon the .500 record that they ended the year with during the 2011-12 season.

Mara's dad, Chuck Rhoades, has been her main supporter and inspiration in basketball.

"My dad has always been there for me and has taken me to practices or workouts. He was an all-star athlete in his day and he wants to be there with me to see me improve. We bump heads sometimes, but he is my biggest supporter," she said.

Now in her senior year, all that hard works seem to be paying off. Mara has gotten an offer from the University of Pittsburg at Titusville to play basketball and has also received other walk-on or tryout offers from other schools. "Nothing is final right now. The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville is close to where I grew up and where my grandparents live. I might also have the chance to play basketball with some of the girls I grew up with so that would be a nice opportunity," said Mara. She is planning to study nursing. Currently she has a 3.8 GPA, is a member of the National Honors Society, a College Summit leader and works at Sheetz on the weekends to save money for college.

Look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.