The 5-foot-9 guard put up more than 300 shots a day over the summer while playing for the AAU team Havoc City, which traveled to Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. That added work has paid off this season.
The southpaw standout leads the seventh-ranked Eagles in scoring at 12.5 points per game, and averages three assists, four rebounds and four steals.
“She’s beginning to look for her shot more,” Edison Coach Dianne Lewis said. “She’s a very unselfish player and she likes to pass the ball, but lately she’s looked for her shot more, particularly in times where we need her to score.”
In a Jan. 27 rout of Yorktown, Graves set a new career-high of 28 points, and she’s scored 10 or more points in her last nine games. She’s poured in 20 points three times during that stretch. Only a sophomore, Graves has already received recruiting letters from Louisville, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami and Duke.
Her work over the summer can be seen with a more confident mid-range jumper, but attacking the basket is still where she gets the majority of her points.
Graves has attempted 124 free throws, making 57 percent . In Tuesday’s five-point win against rival Mount Vernon, she shot 12-for-16 from the line and finished with 22 points.
“We knew their weaknesses, and we studied the previous game to see how they play,” Graves said. “We continued to do things we did great against them.”
The Eagles (17-3, 5-0) sit atop Conference 13, but Lewis wants the team to push the tempo more in the postseason.
The Eagles fell just one game short of the state semifinals last season, and Graves said she can’t pass up open shots in the playoffs, but has to continue to play under control.
“Whenever I get a steal or rebound, I look up the court instead of dribbling because the ball moves faster with passing,” Graves said. “When other teammates get the ball, I can stay in the backcourt, and I need to push out and run more often.”
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