STOCKTON - It’s a busy time of year for Danesah Thompson. Between school, work, basketball, ferrying younger siblings to practices and homework, there isn’t much time for a whole lot else.
Like, say, catching up on Grey’s Anatomy.
“It was a couple summers ago that I watched it, but I liked it,” Thompson said. “I just don’t have time to watch TV.”
Thompson has, however, fit leading the McNair High girls basketball team to a strong start into her schedule. The senior guard is averaging 24 points per game, and the Eagles are 2-1 on the young season.
It’s a significant start, considering McNair won all of three games last year. According to first-year head coach Keith Collins, Thompson has played an important role early.
“She’s a leader, a real captain, a real player,” Collins said. “She leads by example. She’s been playing since a young age, so a lot of things come natural to her. The other girls just feed off of that.”
Thompson said she’s been playing since the seventh grade, thanks to encouragement from her middle school coach. The intensity of the game, and the ability to learn how to push not only oneself, but others, immediately hooked Thompson.
It’s certainly coming into play now, with Thompson and the Eagles setting the playoffs in their sights.
“We’re trying to break the mindset from years before. We’re trying to change the program,” Thompson said. “We’re all on the same page. We want to win.”
Thompson, along with teammates like fellow captain Alayssia Townsell and sophomore Savanna Vanhsy, are part of the core that could make that happen. For Thompson, continuing to squeeze solid play into a jam-packed day is the name of the game.
“I want to be able to remain consistent,” Thompson said. “I want to be the player that my team needs me to be.”