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Mollee Priddy’s consistent best effort powers Port Neches-Groves

For the past three years Mollee Priddy has been a leading scorer for the Port Neches-Groves Indians. Her history is a testament to one of her most valuable attributes: her consistency.

“Anybody can shine bright in one game here or there, but Mollee is always going to be our leading scorer, and if she’s not, she’s top two for every single game,” head coach Kara Skinner said.

Priddy scored 18 points, collected eight rebounds and dished out five assists in the Indians’ 57-50 win against Livingston. For her consistent leadership, she has been named The Port Arthur News Girls Player of the Week.

Priddy has been playing since she was 5 years old, she said. She started playing travel ball in sixth grade and played with a team out of Houston the summer of her sophomore year.

She’s participated in other sports, too, running track and playing golf last year. She may play golf again this year, as well, as it contributes to the quality of her basketball game.

“For golf it was my first year last year, so learning to stay with it has definitely carried over into basketball, especially whenever I get frustrated,” Priddy said. “It helps just trying to stay calm and keep my frustration out of things. Same with track because I ran the 400, and the 400 is a really hard race. Being able to push through that has also carried into basketball.”

Priddy makes it a point to develop strong habits to stay at the top of her game by eating healthier and going to the gym every day, even during basketball season.

Along with the patience, she’s learned from golf and track, she’s definitely noticed the effects.

“I think, definitely, my stamina, my attitude and effort overall through the years has gotten better. I just learn to accept things how they go, how they happen and keep working hard.”

Skinner has noticed the effects as well. Priddy has become an asset at all positions and a reliable playmaker for the Indians.

“The biggest compliment I could give her is that she’s steady,” Skinner said. “She’s consistent, she is reliable. If we need something done, if I need somebody to bring the ball down the floor and nobody else is getting it done, I can say, ‘Mollee, take the ball’ and she’ll take the ball.

“Mollee can play any position on the floor. I can put her as a point guard, she starts as a shooting guard, if I need to I can put her down on post. She can do anything.”

In her senior year Priddy has come into her own as a team leader, in numbers and in guiding team dynamics.

“I’ve seen her this year, I’ve heard her more on the floor as far as being vocal during time outs,” Skinner said. “She’s just that go-to person, when nothing else seems to be going right, Mollee’s always in it. I don’t doubt that at all. She’s a competitor; she’s going to compete. She loves the game of basketball.”

Priddy wants to continue playing in college. She just learned she was accepted at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she will study biochemistry.

Before that, she has to get through her last year at PNG, and she hopes it will be a memorable one.

“I’m just hoping to end it on a good note, play all out as hard as I can and have fun with everyone on the court.,” Priddy said.