Girls’ basketball: Potomac’s Myia Fletcher lighting it up

When Potomac (Md.) senior guard Myia Fletcher got to the locker room at halftime of her team’s 66-53 win over Central, one of her teammates informed her that she’d already scored 30 points. After a torrid first half that saw her slash to the basket time and time again, Fletcher was pretty much the only person in the gym surprised by that news.

“I wasn’t even worried about that; I was just trying to win,” Fletcher said. “I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s crazy.’”

Crazier was Fletcher’s final total of 46 points, just seven fewer than Central’s entire team.

“I don’t know what it was. A lot of my shots were just falling,” Fletcher said. “They were playing man so I just kept attacking the basket and converting, hitting free throws — a lot of my shots just went in.”

Twenty-seven of them, to be exact: 15 two-pointers, two three-pointers and 10 free throws added up to the kind of night teams throughout Prince George’s County have come to fear from Fletcher.

“There’s really no one in this county that can slide their feet quick enough to stop her,” Potomac Coach Eli Horowitz said. “When she drives, sometimes that opens up shots for other players. . . . No one can stay in front of her, so she can either get to the basket or kick to someone else.”

On a rebuilding roster comprised mostly of underclassmen, Fletcher has emerged as the spark that sets the Wolverines’ roster in motion. Fletcher has scored more than 51 percent of her team’s points this season — more than 24 per game — and has dropped totals of 46, 37, and 30 on Prince George’s opponents this season.

But while Potomac (4-10, 4-7 Price George’s 3A/2A/1A) relies heavily on Fletcher, she and Horowitz agree her most important work comes at practice, where she spends as much time trying to help younger teammates improve as she does on her own game. Asked about her own stellar season, Fletcher emphasized the growth of her teammates rather than her own emergence as one of the county’s elite scorers.

“I remember walking into the gym that first day, we couldn’t even get up and down the floor in a simple drill,” Fletcher said. “But we’ve improved a lot defensively. . . and one of our freshmen, Damoni Wells, she’s stepped up a lot.”

Fletcher — who is in the running for class valedictorian, according to Horowitz — said Friday night’s game meant more to her because it was a win than because of her scoring explosion. The victory was Potomac’s second straight.

Horowitz said the Wolverines have struggled in recent years, and nobody around the team can remember the last time they put together a win streak of any length.

“It’s just a stat,” Fletcher said of her 46-point performance. “What makes it special is that it helped us win. If it had come in an ‘L’, it wouldn’t have meant anything to me.”

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