The Panther Press

Guaranty Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week: Sierra Rice

Athlete of the WeekGreg Higgins

The North Lamar Pantherettes are less then two weeks away from District basketball. The Pantherettes will look to defend their 2015 District Championship where they finished 9-1. In order for that to happen, though, they will need key contributions from the seniors on this team. Sierra Rice, a senior for North Lamar, takes that responsibility serious.

"I do feel it is my job to be a leader. I try to encourage and lead by example, just like I had done for me when I started in the program." - Sierra Rice

Basketball is the only sport Sierra plays for North Lamar, but it's a sport she loves. Having played since she was in 8th grade, basketball has been her way to escape from the real world.

"When I play basketball, I completely forget about what may be going on in my life at the time, good or bad. My mind is open and I have a clear focus on the game."

Basketball is a team sport and Sierra likes this team. She says they are like her family and she knows she can trust them with anything. Also, having played together for so long, they know each other on and off the court. They are able to know what the other teammates will do next.

Sierra is quick to point out the benefits of having coach Brett Harp on the team as well. She notices how he expects the best of each person and wants to see them utilize their full potential.

"Not only does he teach us about the game, but he also gives us advice for the future in more ways than he knows."

In the classroom, she's a fan of anything science. Well, anything except physics. She is currently taking A&P and loves the course as well as her teacher, Mrs. Ausmus. After she graduates in May, Sierra hopes to attend PJC or Texas A&M Commerce to get a degree in nursing.

When she's not playing basketball, you can probably find her outside somewhere riding horses with her boyfriedn. You might also find her banging on a drum set; something she's done since she was in the third grade. For now, though, you'll find her on the hardwood trying to help North Lamar win another District Title.

Congratulations Sierra Rice for being this week's Guaranty Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week.