For her ability to come up big in the biggest games, Pershing High’s La’Kayra Carlisle has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“She’s a hard-worker and a very highly skilled player,’’ Doughgirls’ coach Shawn Hill said of Carlisle, a 5-9 senior forward.
“She came to us from Cass when she transferred a couple of years ago. I’m really proud of how she’s stepped up her game, especially in the big games.”
Carlisle was huge with a team-leading 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Doughgirls’ 70-29 victory Feb. 7 against Cody that advanced them into the PSL semifinals. For the season, she’s averaging 15 points and eight rebounds a game.
“I’ve been working real hard in practice and it’s starting to pay off,’’ Carlisle said. “My coach has been been on me about a lot of things. I’ve started to get more focused on scoring and rebounding. The big thing is I’m playing better defense and not getting as many fouls.”
Carlisle is hoping to land a college scholarship and major in communications. “I plan to become a coach at some level,’’ she said. “I’d like to start my own team with young kids.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators