Sophomore Myia Clark had an unusual visit during her literature class on Tuesday: a representative from Country Financial came calling to present her with an award recognizing her outstanding three-point shooting at last month’s state finals.
Country Financial is the presenting sponsor of the three-point shooting contest. This year’s Country Financial Three-Point Showdown took place at Red Bird Arena, one day before the state semi-finals and championship game.
Country Financial representative, Alexander McElroy, arrived with a green and white basketball in hand—Country Financial’s colors—to present to Myia, as well as a certificate, all in front of her surprised classmates.
“We had 252 participants in the Country Financial Showdown, at the Class 3A regional level,” McElroy said, “and 1,000 participants overall, throughout the four regions.
“By qualifying to get to the state finals,” he added, “it shows you are one of the top 32 shooters in the state. Congratulations.”
She was all-conference in the ESCC, named to the Daily Herald’s all-area team for the second straight season and featured as a Daily Herald player of the week.
“I love playing basketball,” Myia says. “I’ve been playing since I was in first grade and in AAU basketball since I was in fifth grade.”
When she’s not playing basketball, Myia plays soccer in the spring and cross country in the fall. That is, when she’s not studying for her literature class.