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?
Q: What’s a food you can not stand?
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.