Loud in Her Own Way

Junior hoopster finds ways other than volume to connect

By Refentse Maselwa, Staff Writer

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“What goes around comes around.”

Words that Trina Lewis, junior, lives by everyday.

Lewis, from Muskegon, MI, is a  women’s basketball player whose teammates say is hard-working and wears her heart on her sleeve.

She has played basketball for eight years, but has dibbled and dabbled in other sports. She has participated in cheerleading, track, and gymnastics as well.

She majors in Business Administration and plans on going into architecture.

“Basketball was a way to pay for college. I finish my bachelors next year, and I plan on getting my masters in Architecture. I want to build homes for people who can’t afford it,” says Lewis.

Lewis’ presence may not be boisterous, but she makes herself known.

“She is not the loudest leader or loudest person on the court, but she has her way of connecting,” says Assistant Basketball Coach Elyse Kiploks.

Her teammates say her energy speaks for itself, as she possesses leadership, kindness and positivity towards others and carries it like a backboard carrying a hoop.

“Trina is a very good leader. She is very good at connecting with her teammates,”  Kiploks says.

The team bonds through dinners together, bon fires, and heart-to-hearts from time to time. This helps them to have an understanding of one another and to be comfortable and trust the people they play with.

“Trina is really reliable, and she is always cheering on the team, even if we are down,” Tori Crowder, freshman, says.

Outside of basketball, Lewis is from a big family and has six siblings with her being in the baby of the family. She loves to cook, draw and is big on travel.

“I have been to Greece, Italy, Spain and 40 of the States in America,” she says.

For this season, Lewis has averaged 7.3 points per game, with 1.7 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. Her season-high was against Salem in December, when she tossed in 21 points and went 10-14 from the field. She also snatched 10 rebounds in the same game.

In her career as a Panther, she’s gone 72-182 from the floor and 32-52 from the line. She’s grabbed 54 offensive and 80 defensive rebounds for a total of 134. She also has 42 steals and a block to go with her totals.