The two acclaimed girls’ basketball players are already in the Mason High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and it is making room for a third star – 2000 graduate Lucy DeMartin-Prior is to be inducted Sept. 16.
As a varsity starter in the Bulldogs’ backcourt, DeMartin-Prior contributed to teams that combined to go 61-12 as over three full seasons.
As a sophomore, DeMartin-Prior played sidekick as she shared the court with fellow Hall of Fame member and senior standout Heather Oesterle.
After winning a Class B district championship and getting knocked out in the regional, the Bulldogs finished 18-6, and DeMartin-Prior earned Second Team All-Capital Circuit honors.
Her teammates voted her Best Defensive Player, an attribute that was a staple of her game from the beginning, while her offensive skills developed well in to her collegiate years.
With each successive season, DeMartin-Prior’s individual performance improved along with her team’s overall performance. In her junior year, Mason reeled off 12 straight wins to start the season.
Much of the success was due to the combination of DeMartin-Prior and fellow Hall of Famer Kristin Haynie, with whom she also developed court rapport as AAU teammates.
“Lucy and I had a great bond on the court,” Haynie said. “I always knew where she was going to be, and I got a lot of assists because of her.”
That chemistry helped DeMartin-Prior evolve into the primary scorer in her junior season. Averaging 17.2 points per game, she helped lead the team to a Class A district championship and a 20-4 record, with three of the four losses to league rival Okemos.
DeMartin-Prior was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates and earned First Team All-Capital Circuit honors as well as All-Area recognition.
Her senior season was her finest. With the improvement of back-court mate Kristin Haynie’s scoring, DeMartin-Prior’s scoring dropped slightly, but the two played off of each other spectacularly.
Over a 25-game season, their scoring totals were separated by just one point. She averaged 15.2 points per game, but most impressive was her well-rounded contribution, averaging 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Okemos was Mason’s kryptonite the previous season, sweeping all three match-ups, but in DeMartin-Prior’s senior season the roles reversed; Mason defeated Okemos three times.
The problem, however, was that Mason had a new kryptonite — the No. 1-ranked and eventual Class A State champion Everett Vikings — who delivered Mason its only two losses of the season. When they faced off in the regional finals, the fifth-ranked Bulldogs fell to the top-ranked Vikings.
Still, Mason won a second consecutive Class A District title and a first-ever Capital Circuit championship. DeMartin-Prior was again voted the team’s Best Defensive Player and shared the team’s Most Valuable Player award with Haynie.
She earned First Team All-Capital Circuit honors, Lansing State Journal Dream Team selection and All-State Honorable Mention.
March Kinzer, DeMartin-Prior’s coach for the 1998 and 1999 seasons, remembers her fondly. “Lucy possessed so many intangibles that made her a special basketball player and a pleasure to coach,” said Kinzer. “She made her teammates better with her intensity, speed and unselfishness, and she was a fierce competitor.”
The speed Kinzer noted helped DeMartin-Prior blaze the track for three seasons. As a senior, she was an All-Capital Circuit First Team selection.
Sixteen years after her graduation DeMartin-Prior still holds three Mason High School track records: the 200-meter dash (25.6 seconds), the 400-meter dash (59 seconds) and a share in the 1,600-meter relay (4:08.7).
Top college scorer
DeMartin-Prior remained a Bulldog when she committed to Ferris State University to play basketball. The coaching staff recognized her potential but didn’t anticipate her ultimate success at FSU.
“I had no idea that she would become our all-time leading scorer and led us to so many wins,” said Tracey (Fisk) Dorow, FSU’s coach from 1998 to 2012.
DeMartin-Prior didn’t start in her first contest at FSU, but she never relinquished her spot after moving into the starting lineup for the second game, starting 26 games and scoring in double figures 11 times that season.
She earned the team’s Rookie of the Year Award, which is given to the best freshman performer, and hinted at her scoring potential with a 9.7 points per game average.
The following two seasons her scoring average improved to 14.2 points per game as a sophomore and then to 20.2 as a junior, which ranked her first among the school’s all-time leaders.
DeMartin-Prior led all of her FSU teams to winning seasons, but her senior year was tops as the Bulldogs went 21–10 overall, finished second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and made the NCAA tournament.
She averaged 18.3 points per game and with 1,721 career points, she became FSU’s all-time career scoring leader. Chief among her many accolades at FSU were being named a Daktronics Division II Women’s Basketball Honorable Mention All-American and a Division II Women’s Basketball Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American.
DeMartin-Prior’s academic success at Mason High School continued at FSU. “Lucy took pride in being her best,” said Dorow.
“She has extremely high moral values and wasn’t willing to risk losing integrity over poor choices.”
In her final season, she was named FSU’s Bulldog of the Year, which honors the most outstanding female athlete based on strong athletic and academic achievements as well as strong individual character.
“Lucy is definitely more than just the best scorer and one of the best players in Ferris State history,” Dorow said. “She is one of a kind.”
DeMartin now resides in Mason with her husband, Jonathan, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Eloise and 1-year-old Lorelei.