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Athlete Focus: Emari Brown
Emari Brown
Richmond Hill #5 Emari Brown in action. (Photo/Tanya McCormick)

Another young athlete is lighting up the court for the Lady Wildcats. Sophomore Emari Brown may well be one of the most dynamic and energetic players on the entire roster. 

“My energy on the floor comes from my amazing team, as well as my coaches,” Brown said. “They all give me all of the confidence that I need to have the best game that I can each night.”

That confidence can be seen any time Brown is on the floor as she routinely makes big plays both offensively and defensively for her team. Brown is often responsible for slowing down some of the best players on the opposing teams, and when she is inserted, her presence is immediately noticed–usually via a blocked shot or steal that helps her team regain focus. 

“This team means everything to me,” Brown said. “I have been playing with or against most of the girls on the team since the beginning of my career. My bond with them is truly unbreakable.”

Brown loves playing alongside her teammates, and she counts herself lucky that her older sister–junior standout Jada–is one of them. 

“I love that I get to play with my sister,” Brown said. “She is my other half. Without Jada, I would not be me. When we are both on the court together, we are unstoppable. Pairing my defense with her offense, we are an amazing duo!”

As important to her as her friends and teammates are, as well as playing the sport with her sister and their ability to feed off of one another, Emari also leans on her parents, her biggest supporters. 

“My parents keep me going,” Brown said. “I would not be anywhere without them. From taking me to training classes to taking me to all of my practices to helping me be the best player I can be, I owe it all to them.”

While her high school basketball career has mostly just begun—with her sophomore season not complete yet—Brown still has her eyes set on the future after high school athletics. 

“I want to play basketball at the college level someday, and hopefully get into a good program,” Brown said. “I also would like to have a chance at eventually making it to the WNBA someday.”

With her game-breaking ability to smother opposing offenses and keep them from scoring on a nightly basis, as well as her continuously improving offense, Brown very well could be on her way to being one of the best athletes in the state by her senior year, as well as a potential WNBA shot.

Brown and the rest of the Richmond Hill Lady Wildcats (15-9) will travel to Brunswick (16-8) to take on the Lady Pirates on February 6 for the last game of the regular season. Tip-off is 6pm.

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