After starting 21 games as a freshman, Cass Tech High’s Lauren Elliott is again running the point for the Lady Technicians girls’ basketball team.
The 5-4 sophomore guard has made an impact by averaging 10 points and 10 assists through the first three games of the season, all victories, and has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“This is a big honor for me being just a sophomore,” Elliott said. “As the point guard, I’m trying to be more vocal and be more of a team leader, especially since Branndais (Agee) is about to leave. I’ve got to step up to help everybody else because we all want a (championship) ring.”
With two years of high school left after this one, Elliott couldn’t have a better model to emulate than her teammate Agee, the Lady Technicians’ 5-10 prep All-American who is headed to Michigan State next fall. “Branndais feeds off everybody, she picks up everybody’s energy level and she’s making me better each and every day,” Elliott said.
Though she’s not nearly as tall or dynamic as Cass Tech’s star player, Elliott is becoming a major player in her own right.
“Lauren is valued as a leader in a quiet way,” Lady Technicians coach Omar Ahart said. “She leads by example. She’s not super vocal but everything about the way she plays shows leadership. Without her ball handling and shooting, we wouldn’t be as good of a team as we are.
“The unique thing about Lauren is she’s a young sophomore. She just turned 15 and she brings a youth element to our program that’s really big for us looking toward the future.”
Elliott has gotten over the nerves she had as a freshman starter when doubts crept into her mind about “messing up or what shot I should take.”
“It made me happy to be a freshman starting on the varsity, but it was a big transition from middle school to high school,” she said. “A lot of times as a freshman, I wanted to hold back and watch and learn. But now it’s better. I’m a lot more confident.”
With a 3.6 grade point average, Elliott has ambitions of earning a Division 1 college scholarship and hopes to make professional basketball her career.
“If I can’t be in the WNBA or play overseas, I’d like to be a sports agent,” she said. “My favorite classes are geometry and marketing and I plan to major in business when I go to college.”
As the point guard, Elliott is comfortable in her role of getting everybody involved. “I think pass first and shoot second,” she said. “This team is great. If we keep working hard, I think we’re good enough to win the city and the state championship.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week Award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers and is sponsored by local Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators