Knowing she’d have to do more than in previous seasons, McLain said she went into the 2013-14 season feeling both nervous and excited.
“I was nervous because I felt like I’m not the one jumping on the seniors’ backs,” McLain said. “Now it’s everybody else, ‘come jump on my back, and let’s go.’ And I was excited because I was going to get more playing time. I was going to be able to just lay it all out this year.”
The Lady Buffs have struggled at times in the first half of the season, going 2-8. But, McLain said, “we have more to bring, and we’re going to bring it,” and she added the team continues to improve, even if that hasn’t translated to many wins.
As the Lady Buffs continue to develop, so does McLain.
“There are games that I do struggle with going hard to the goal, but it all comes down to the mental and emotional side of it,” McLain said. She added that her favorite part of being a forward is “the fight between me and one other person who is as tall or taller than me.”
Though she came to MHS a year after the Lady Buffs won a state title, McLain said she definitely benefited from playing with state champions like LaShanda Green and Kaleisha Johnson. Once this final season ends, she said she’ll most miss her teammates and the great competitive atmosphere at practices.
“I’m not a very social person, so I’d say they’re my best friends,” McLain said of her fellow Lady Buffs.
When not playing basketball, McLain is a member of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America group at MHS. She said she’s played softball and volleyball in previous seasons, but she’s committed to offseason basketball training the last two years.