By T. Scott Boatright
An athlete won’t make it to the “next level” without physical ability.
And no one can’t make it without a little “Sports Smarts,” either.
It’s that fact and hard work that earned Ruston High School senior Alexis Foster a scholarship to hoop it up in college at Southern University-Shreveport.
“Basketball IQ – the mental part,” said Lady Bearcats coach Meredith Graf. “That’s what I first think about ‘Lex.’ She just has an understanding of the game most kids don’t have these days. She is so good in ‘end of game situations’ – knowing when to foul’
“She gets the ‘little but important things’ and I think she’s going to blossom in college.”
The point guard drove to the basket while also driving the Lady Bearcats to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
“I watched her grow into a leader this past season,” Graf said. “”I watched her grow into a more mature way of how to handle the game and what she wants to do with the game.
Flanked by mother Tina Hunter, Foster said the choice simply came down to what felt right.
“They make me feel at home and I thank him for that,” Foster said. “I just thank God for that. I just took the path he led me to.”
Foster has no doubt she will contribute for the Lady Jaguars.
“We’re going to bring it to the table,” Foster said. “It’s going to be a winning program.”
Foster added she knows exactly what she plans on bringing from the Lady Bearcats to Southern-Shreveport.
“Being a leader on and off the court,” she said.
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