A team-first approach to winning basketball games turned out to be very successful for the Oxford Lady Chargers and junior point guard Erika Sisk this season. Not only did OHS win 24 games and advance to the Class 5A North Half tournament under coach Shayne Linzy in his second season, the 5-foot-4 Sisk was able to show her all-around skills better than she has before.
Sisk not only set up her teammates during games, but she was a driving force behind the Lady Chargers’ offense. She led the area with averaging 22.0 points per game and then added to that outstanding scoring ledger by dishing out 4.8 assists and grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game.
On defense, where Sisk has been known to shine as a freshman and sophomore, her speed and athleticism also allowed her to lead the team with 4.9 steals per game.
It was Sisk’s all-around effort that allowed her to win this year’s EAGLE Player of the Year honor and Oxford’s first in two seasons. Joining Sisk on this year’s team is teammate Kristen Dickerson, Lafayette’s Shaquilla Isom and Nikki McChristian and Water Valley’s Ashley Phillips. Honorable mentions went to Lafayette’s Mykira Buford and Water Valley’s C.C. Phillips.
Sisk, Isom, Phillips and McChristian are repeat members of the team, while Buford was a first-team member last year. Sisk, Phillips and McChristian are three-year members of the team dating back to the 2008-09 season. (April 19, 2011, Page 1B)