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Reeds get to the point for Eagles (12/15)

February 15, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Editor's Note: The following is the third of a four-part series on sibling teammates who play basketball in the Tri-State area.

kauffman@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - As a senior and four-year starter for the No. 1 Hedgesville girls basketball team, point guard Miranda Reed has seen nearly everything and done most of it, including two West Virginia Class AAA state tournament appearances and scoring her 1,000th point at home on Feb. 4.

"My freshman year, we lost in sectionals, but my sophomore and junior years have been great," Reed said. "Just getting the priviledge to go (to states), not every girl can say they had a chance to go there."

As Miranda's senior season nears the playoffs, with a return to the state tournament for a third straight year well within reach, her brother Jordan is experiencing what Miranda went through three seasons ago as a freshman starting at point guard for the Eagles' boys team.

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"Usually, she comes to me and helps me, let's me know what I'm doing wrong," Jordan said. "Whenever I get to see her play at states, I want to be able to do that sometime."

That time is now for Miranda, who joins with fellow senior Samantha Guell to lead the Eagles' girls.

"She's pretty strong-willed," Hedgesville girls coach Ben Merica said. "She's kind of like that stallion, where it's hard to break them. ... She continues to play with life and energy. She's a fighter."

This season, she is second to Guell in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game. As one would expect, she leads the team in assists with 75 through 18 games and is third on the team in steals with 41.

"Her scoring has been pretty consistent," Merica said. "The biggest thing with her this year is her turnover ratio is down, which is a good thing."

Miranda credits her brother for some of her own improvement.

"It's a lot better during the offseason, when we have to go against each other," Miranda said. "It probably helps me more. There aren't many girls as good as him."

The Reeds, like most siblings, are pretty competitive, though maybe not as much on the basketball court as elsewhere.

"We're not competitive like, 'Hey, I got 20 points and you got 15,'" Miranda said, referring to boxscore comparisons. "We're more interested in if our teams win. But if we were home playing against each other in anything - ping pong, whatever - then the competitiveness comes out."

Jordan doesn't have the full spotlight on him that Miranda has - that time is likely a year or two away - but he does have one shining moment in his high school career already. On Jan. 13, Jordan stepped up to the free throw line and made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 1 second left to give Hedgesville a 52-51 upset victory over Jefferson.

"I'm just glad Coach (Kelly Church) and all the other kids had confidence in me when I had to shoot the shots," Jordan said.

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