BUTLER – Mariel Towns has been playing the game of basketball since middle school and every year, according to her coach, Matt Troutman, she gets better and better.
“She’s been with me for four years and hasn’t missed a single practice over that time,” explains Troutman. “Over the summers, she’s always here and is just dedicated to the sport. “
Towns says, “I try to tell the them to stay together, not let the outside bother you, but stay focused on basketball.”
The senior is not the leading scorer or rebounder on the team, but it’s her leadership that makes her the Most Valuable Player.
Troutman says, “When you got a kid that’s dedicated to the sport and very coachable, the sky’s the limit, and she’s just that type of kid.”
Towns adds, “Make sure it’s something you want to do and not just because your friends want to. If you do it, stay committed and stay focused.”
Outside the gym, Mariel is just as determined to score big in class.
“Well, I never have to worry about her passing her classes,” echoes Troutman. “School work comes first, basketball second. She knows why she’s in school, so she does a good job in the classroom.”
Towns says, “It’s important so that you can stay on the team and get into a good college if they want you to play for them.”
Mariel was on a Final Four team as a freshman and now again as a senior, and she has one last goal in mind, and that’s to stay undefeated and win a state championship.
Taylor County girls travel to Savannah for the Final Four versus Terrell County.