Junior Munford point guard Maiya Reed led her team in scoring as a sophomore and is doing it again this season, averaging a county-high 20 points per game. A transplant from California, Reed is not a fan of chicken, likes social media and says her famously stoic coach smiles more than people might think.

Q: When did you start playing basketball?

A: I started playing when I moved from California to Tennessee my sixth-grade year. I had never played before. My parents had played and they wanted me to play so I decided to try it. I loved it so I kept playing.


Q: What part of California are you from?

A: San Diego.

Q: That’s a pretty serious culture shock going from San Diego to Munford. What was that like?

A: I didn’t really like it because I was at the beach in San Diego like every day and it was hot every day. I got here and I was like, wow.

Q: How many hours a day do you spend on your phone?


A: At least eight.

Q: Do you think social media does more harm or more good?

A: To me I think it’s more positive.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Alfredo.

Q: What’s a food you can not stand?

A: Chicken.

Q: What’s the last movie you saw?

A: “Frozen 2”

Q: What’s playing a high school sport like compared to how you thought it would be when you where younger?

A: I think it’s a little different than what I thought it would be. More intense. It was a change from middle school to high school, but I’m used to it now. I like it.

Q: Who’s the best 3-point shooter on the team if we include Coach (Steve) Poindexter?

A: Coach P.

Q: Can he shoot?

A: He lights it up.

Q: Who’s second best?

A: Brezia Cooper.

Q: How many times a day does Coach Poindexter smile?

A: Maybe 10 (laughing), if that.

Q: What’s it like playing for Coach Poindexter?

A: I like it. I understand what he means. I know he wants us to do good and win. He’s a good coach. We love him.

Q: What’s something that makes Coach Poindexter smile?

A: He smiles at us when he sees us in the hallway and says good morning.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about being a high school student?

A: I hear a bunch of kids talking about having to do a lot of homework at home when they’re tired. They say if you’re an athlete it’s harder to go home and do homework after practice because you’re tired.

Q: Who’s the goofiest player on the team?

A: Mary Richardson.

Q: What’s goofy about her?

A: Her whole personality, everything about her. She makes practice fun even though she’s sometimes a little off. She makes everybody laugh. She’s just one of those people who you like to keep around you.

Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland