MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) It was a difficult season for the Lady Raiders girls’ basketball team.
They lost four girls from the 2019 team that won the MAIS overall basketball tournament championship and brought in a new head coach to lead the program.
Despite a less than perfect season, one person that showed up game after game to compete for the Lady Raiders was senior Skylar Norman.
Surrounded by family, friends and teammates, Norman’s hard work throughout the 2019 season and seasons prior paid off when she signed with Belhaven to continue her basketball career.
Lamar girls basketball head coach Joe Miller may have only coached Norman for a year but he shared that she was a key offensive player for the Lady Raiders. She averaged 14-15 points per game and had some games where she scored as many as 30 points.
“She's such a good person, and she has the good attributes that you look for in a player: She’s a good shooter, good ball handler and decent defensive player who hustles hard,” Coach Miller said. “This (signing) is just a culmination of all her hard work to get an opportunity to play at the next level."
Coach Miller also said it was Norman’s first year playing point guard and shared that she “improved greatly during the year” and is only going to get better.
Norman shared that after taking a tour of Belhaven and visiting one of the team’s practices, she saw similarities between the school and Lamar.
“Their program was just like ours. We lost four girls and they lost almost all their seniors,” Norman shared. “I felt like I could go in there and compete with them. With everything that happened with us losing all those players, I feel like me competing at that next level is going to elevate me to a different success.”