Story and Photo by Kailee Means / UC Sports Nation
Scoring is obviously vital to the game of basketball, but in District 8-AA, you also need some toughness to make it far in the postseason.
Senior Mikaela Reagan fills that role for the York Institute Dragonettes, and she recently played a major role in their 52-32 win over perennial power Macon County. Reagan scored seven points on offense, but more importantly, she did the little things like diving after loose balls and playing stout defense
Staying active on the glass at both ends has also been a strength of Reagan’s recently, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by her coach.
“The last several games, she has been crashing the boards,” Head Coach Michael Green said. “She’s always had great effort and intensity, she just keeps things alive for us on the offensive end by getting some second chance points.”
Anyone watching can see that Reagan plays fearlessly. If there is a loose ball, she takes the initiative to make sure that she gets to it before anyone else, something that green credits once again to her intensity.
“She’s like a missile,” Green said. “She’s destructive. The intensity, you can’t beat it with her. She’s going to work hard, no matter what.”
Similar to some other athletes, Reagan is also just playing to play. She’s not on the court to score thirty points or hit the game-winning shot; she’s there to win.
“I’m just playing to play,” Reagan said. “If there’s a loose ball, just get to it. That is what’s running through my head.”
When asked about her contributions on the court and what she provides for the team, Green says it is not often you find a player like her, but it’s easy to appreciate.
“She doesn’t care if she scores,” Green said. “She has more fun getting rebounds and chasing someone down the floor than scoring. There are not many like her. I’ve not found one like her, and there will probably never be one like her.”