McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 20, 2013

Meredith Saunier sees the whole court

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Playing point guard requires excellent vision. Instead of just focusing on his or her defender or path to the basket, a point guard must simultaneously keep track of everyone’s location on the court, every passing outlet and every hole in the defense.

Those extra demands don’t seem to both McAlester senior Meredith Saunier, the Lady Buffaloes’ starting point guard. Excluding a game at shooting guard here and there, Saunter’s played the point all her life.

“I like being able to set up the plays, and I like being able to see the floor really well,” Saunier said Tuesday. “It helps, because I’m short.”

That ability to see the big picture carries over to other aspects of Saunter’s life as well. She spent a week in Haiti over the summer on missionary trip with Lakewood Christian Church.

“It shows you that you’re truly blessed to live here,” Saunier said. “When we think we have nothing, we’re still rich compared (to them), even when you have nothing, because they literally have nothing. They just live in, like, tarps on the side of a mountain.”

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