Player of the Week
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For all of the points she scored Friday night, as well as in her four-year McMinn Central career, Elizabeth Masengil's biggest achievement was her final rebound against Sequoyah in a big District 5-AA game.
It was her 18th of the night, but more importantly, it made everything she had done prior much more meaningful.
A week that saw Masengil go over the 2,000-point plateau Tuesday night, as well as the 39-point, 18-rebound effort on Friday night was enough to earn her Times Free Press Player of the Week honors.
The 8-1 Chargerettes earned wins over Knoxville Webb and the Lady Chiefs.
"She's not going to let the team lose. That's the best way to sum her up," McMinn Central coach Johnny Morgan said. "The sad thing about her points is that at times, we missed her Friday night. Sequoyah zoned us, and I don't know how many times we had her open in the middle. She could have easily had 50.
"She's not flashy at anything she does."
She added a cool 22 points when the Chargerettes defeated Webb on Tuesday. For the week, she averaged 30.5 points per contest.
"Against Webb, she went through the lull because everybody else wanted to be a scorer," Morgan said. "I want the rest of the team to take shots because the closer to the [district] tournament we get to, the more others are going to have to score because teams will double-team Elizabeth, but when she is open, we have to hit her."
On top of her scoring effort, the most impressive number of Friday night was 36, the number of minutes she played in McMinn Central's 68-65 overtime victory.
"We made her suck it up at the end," Morgan said. "Friday night, when Sequoyah took that last shot at the end, she was dead-legged, but she still mustered up enough energy to get that last rebound we had to have."