Shayne Linzy, Oxford High’s girls basketball coach, doesn’t like to focus too much on any one of his players. To him, each Lady Charger is special in their own way and equally important to the team’s success.
He does have a few players that stand out above the rest, or at least garner a little more attention due to their scoring or leadership abilities, but Linzy is always quick to put out the importance of team.
While Linzy has a group of players that all work well together and play off the strengths of one another, he does have a player on his roster — senior forward Meisha Gillom — who is able to do it all due to her unique skill set.
Gillom is arguably the Lady Chargers’ best rebounder. She is a solid scorer, she is the team leader in charges taken and due to her length and great lateral movement, she is a great defender, both on the perimeter and in the post. In short, Gillom is the ultimate role player, somebody that is as valuable to the Lady Chargers as Dennis Rodman was for the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls during their championship runs.
Linzy, who is in his third season at OHS, has seen a huge improvement in Gillom and importance to the team since the end of last season and summer workouts this year. (January 19, 2012, Page 8)