Senior athlete Grace Hunter wins Tom Suitor Extra Effort Award

Graysen Schappell

Grace Hunter is a senior at Athens Drive High School and has been playing basketball since freshman year. At Athens she has played every position.

Hunter loves the competitiveness of basketball.

“Winning is the most important part about the game for me. I don’t play for fun, I play because I love to win,” said Hunter.

Hunter is ranked 45 in NC, scoring an average of 28 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Hunter broke the scoring record in the high school Christmas tournament with 97 points in 3 games.

“I love playing on the basketball team with Grace. During games and practice sometimes it is hard to keep up with her, especially on fast breaks, but by practicing against her I have become a better player,” said Danielle Randolph, senior.

Hunter was given the opportunity to play basketball in college and has committed to play at the Division 1 University, UNC Charlotte.

“In college I’m ready to have fun and spread the word of God, and show people that with God, there’s no limits. I want to become a better player and stronger person,” said Hunter.

February 11, 2015 on the Lady Jags’ senior night, Hunter received the Tom Suitor extra effort award, an award given to students who excel not only on the court, but also in the classroom and in the community.

Coach Dayna Jordan, Hunter’s basketball coach, has played a major role in her success.

“Coach Jordan is a great coach, we both have the same mentality, which is to win,” said Hunter.

Not only do her coaches play a major role in her success, Hunter believes that her Christian faith also plays a huge role.

“Before every game I pray and thank God for everything, because everything I’ve accomplished is because of Him. God is my top priority before anything,” said Hunter.

Hunter has accomplished so much in her four years of playing basketball and has great plans for the future.

“I can do all thing through Christ who gives me strength,” said Hunter.