Evans High School senior guard Allysha McFarland might have flown under the radar during the 2012 basketball season, but people know who she is this year.
Coming from Annapolis, Md., before her junior year, the Lady Knights guard announced her presence. She averaged more than 12 points per game, led the team in scoring, assists and steals, and was first team All Region and All County.
“It was kind of good because not a lot of people knew about me,” said McFarland.
Despite the raised level of awareness, not much has changed in her senior season as she’s second on the team averaging 16.4 points per game and leads the team in assists (5.1) and steals (3.9).
“She’s definitely added some leadership to our team,” Evans coach Ryan Morningstar said. “She’s a pure shooter, one of the best pure shooters I’ve seen in a while.”
Helping ease McFarland into life at Evans was playing with a couple of future teammates during her first summer in 2011 on an Amateur Athletic Union team, the Georgia Sting coached by Antwaan Glover. “He (Glover) basically took me under his wing and just helped me become a better player,” said McFarland. “Since I moved here I’ve become a much better player than I was in Maryland. And that has a lot to do with Coach Antwaan.”
It helped her basketball transition that she wasn’t the only person on the team having to learn a different system.
“I think the biggest thing is I was new, so everything we did was new,” Morningstar said. “So she wasn’t the only one in the program learning how to do things, everybody was learning.”
And McFarland was able to notice the difference in the classroom as well.
“You can tell that the teachers are a little bit more student-minded,” McFarland said. “They help the students a little bit more and they actually care about their education.”
Education is as important as basketball is to McFarland, especially when focusing on where she wants to go to college.
“Even though basketball is important, I want to go and play in my freshman year,” McFarland said. “I don’t want to sit on the bench. Education is also a great part of that, as long as they have a really good education program, with the professors and everything.”
While hoping to study business management in college, she worked with children for her senior project.
“I’m job shadowing Ms. Wheat at Martinez Elementary,” she said. “I’m seeing the teaching techniques of special education children and how much harder it is than a regular class,” she said.
As teams streak toward the end of the season, McFarland is ready for region play and beyond.
“It’s going to be really good for us because of the competition,” she said. “Me not knowing the other side of the region, just playing the teams that we have played, and the teams that we are going to play in the region, it’s really going to help us a lot.”