Sharee' Boyd's versatility and athleticism has provided a big boost for a talented Hopewell squad that's looking to make a deep playoff run.
The three-year varsity player can play everything from point guard to power forward, creating matchup problems for opponents.
"She's our intangible," said Titan coach Gary Richmond.
Boyd is second in scoring and rebounding on the team, averaging more than 11 points and six boards a game. She also leads the Titans in assists with four a game and averages nearly two blocks a night.
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The 6-foot Boyd said her size advantage has allowed her to develop court vision that makes it easier to find her open teammates, especially when playing smaller guards. Having grown up playing guard, she also has an advantage against players her size.
"Most players my size aren't that fast," said Boyd. "The ones that are fast aren't as big, so I can just shoot over them."
Combined with Davidson-bound forward Hannah Early, who's also a matchup nightmare because of her ability to play both inside and outside, the two have given the Titans a one-two punch that propelled the team to an outright I-Meck regular season title.
Hopewell (22-2, 13-1 heading into last Friday's I-Meck tournament championship game against Mallard Creek) has also had good seasons from senior guard Hunter Meakin and junior center Tiera Burks.
"We're all coming together," the junior said of the Titans. "We're starting to get in sync and know our role on the court."
Boyd has also provided a big boost defensively for Hopewell, being able to guard any position except the center.
Although she's shut down some of her opponents' best players throughout the season, Boyd still isn't satisfied with that aspect of her game.
"There's always room for improvement," she said. "I need to get my footwork faster so I can guard faster players."
Richmond, who's also Boyd's stepfather, said his daughter has had a good season as she continues to improve her game.
"The main thing I told her right before the season was that I wanted to see consistency and outside of one, two games, she's played the way I expected," he said.
Richmond added that her improvement comes from bettering her attitude.
"She's matured on and off the court," said Richmond. "That just comes from getting older and learning from your mistakes."
Boyd didn't crack the Hopewell starting lineup until midway through her freshman season, as her dad refused to put her on a starting role at her age. Although that caused some conflict between the two, Boyd sees why her dad did that.
"To be a starter on varsity is a big role," the 16-year-old said. "You have big shoes to fill; everybody's expecting you to be good or expecting you to fit in with the other players."
But Boyd said that experience helped her grow up and get better. She finished that first season being named all-conference, a feat she has accomplished all three years of high school.
After butting heads with Richmond her freshman season, Boyd's relationship with her dad has smoothed out in large part to an agreement they made not to discuss basketball off the court.
"When we leave here from practice or a game, that's it. We don't worry about basketball. ... It's not fair to her because the other players don't get to go home with me," said Richmond.
Boyd added that she no longer feels extra pressure being the coach's daughter.
"Now I just feel like he's a regular ole' coach," she said. "When I get home, he's my dad, but on the court he's just my coach."
Richmond, Boyd and the rest of the team will now shift focus to the 4A playoffs, which start this week.
Richmond hopes the Titans can go further in the playoffs than they did last season.
"We would have to make it to the regionals," he said. "After that, it's the final four so anything can happen at that point."
But Boyd doesn't want to think that far ahead.
"We don't want to put too much pressure on each other," she said. "We don't want to get big-headed or cocky and end up being upset."