Elgin’s Lexia Carter – Character Counts Presented by Arvest Bank

By John Tranchina

After Elgin’s girls’ basketball team went 26-3 last year and reached the Class 4A state semi-finals for the second straight year, Lexia Carter is further motivated this upcoming season to take the next step.

“We’re definitely going to have to work,” said Carter, a senior. “Going two years in a row is a big deal, and it’s senior year, I want to go again, but we’re going to have to work very hard to make up for those we lost.

“I think in the past, once we got to state, we would get anxious and we would force and do stuff we didn’t do in-season, and I think to avoid doing that this year, we need to be more calm in the games.”

As Carter noted, the Lady Owls lost several key players to graduation, but she sees potential in the new contributors that will fill those spots.

“I think we have a lot of room for improvement and we have a lot of younger players who didn’t see a lot of playing time last year,” she said, “so it will take a lot of work to get them more confident with the ball.”

The inexperienced roster means that Carter’s role as a team leader is even more important, one she enjoys.

“I like being experienced,” she said. “I just make sure that everyone knows what we’re doing and I try to have good energy and be vocal, cheer them on. A lot of our freshmen are really quiet and don’t pay attention very well, so I’ll pull them to the side and make sure they know what we’re doing in the drills.”

Elgin coach Krystal Williams appreciates Carter’s contributions, both on and off the court.

“Lexia is a team player, who is called upon to fill several roles,” Williams said. “She shows leadership through her work ethic and will take it upon herself to reach out to fellow teammates and help them.”

Carter has worked hard during the off-season to improve her game in multiple areas and make herself a more valuable all-around player.

“(I have worked on) just being more confident in my shot and even trying to post up more, because I’m not a very big player,” Carter said. “I’ve been trying to be more versatile.”

Carter enjoys having a busy schedule, having previously also participated in cross country and track and field, while also remaining active in other extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school.

“I’m in student council and National Honors Society, and I’m in a club outside of school, called the Junior Ambucks of Lawton, and it’s a community service organization,” Carter said. “We raise money to donate special therapeutic tricycles to kids with disabilities. It’s just good to give back to the community.”