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Decatur's Britney McCloud
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Decatur's Britney McCloud

One on one with ...
Decatur's Britney McCloud

Decatur High freshman Britney McCloud has stepped up as the youngest player on the Lady Red Raidersí roster this season. A 5-foot-7 starting guard that Decatur coach Brad Boy calls ďKid,Ē she is the teamís leading scorer. She recently caught 10 questions from The Dailyís Brooke Milam:

Question: Where did you pick up the nickname ďKidĒ?

Answer: In practice before the season started — every time I turned around, (Coach Boy) was calling me that.

Q: You just turned 15 years old Jan. 22. What did you do on your birthday?

A: Practice. It was Monday, so it was a practice day.

Q: Being the youngest player on a young Decatur team, who has helped you the most?

A: My teammates. They tell me not to let people get to me by talking, just play my game.

Q: No matter how old you get, whatís something you donít think youíll ever grow out of?

A: Well, basketball. I donít even remember when I started playing, but I was little. My momma (Bridgette McCloud) and my daddy (McGary Goode) got me playing. My daddy played in high school at Courtland.

Q: Just a year ago, you were playing middle school basketball at Brookhaven, and now youíre a varsity starter for Class 5A Decatur. Whatís the biggest adjustment youíve had to make from last year?

A: The game is faster. I caught on pretty quick, but (in high school) there are just more people that are good at the sport, so itís more competitive.

Q: What was your first thought when you found out youíd be a varsity starter this season?

A: It was in practice in the summer before we started our practice games. I was surprised. At first, I got nervous before games, but not now, well, only before real important games.

Q: What have you worked the hardest on in basketball?

A: I need to get better at using my left hand. (The coaches) tell me that, but I already know it, too.

Q: If you werenít a basketball player, what would be your next choice?

A: Run track. They asked me, but Iím not going to. I play (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball. Last year, I played for the Athens Dominators. (Her coach is Barry Adams).

Q: Whoís the toughest person youíve ever gone one-on-one with?

A: My daddy because he wonít let me win. Iíve never beaten him.

Q: Who has influenced you the most in sports?

A: Iíve got a lot of them. One would be my cousin Tenesha Goode. She played for Austin and then she played in college for Northwest-Shoals.

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