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April 15, 2014

Gordon earns state honors

MERIDIAN —     After Kayla Gordon was named honorable mention on the 2013 Clarion-Ledger All-State girl's basketball team, the Jacksonville University signee made it a personal goal to be on the 2014 squad.

    And on Saturday, she found out her hard work paid off as she was named first-team All-State by the Clarion-Ledger

    "I was very happy when I found out," Gordon said. "Last year, I received honorable mention, so that was kind of a goal for me."

    Yet it wasn't an easy challenge for the senior forward, who helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the semifinals of the state championship, as she attempted to juggle duties on the court, in addition to the classroom and as an employee at Chick-fil-A.

    "It was kind of hard," Gordon said. "A lot of days I was tired, but I just had to do what I had to do."

    Gordon made several sacrifices, including workouts each morning prior to school, in order to keep up with her hectic schedule.

    "She's very proactive about getting things done," Meridian coach Patricia Wilson said. "She would would come in at 5:30 a.m. before school to get her workouts in."

    Gordon, who averaged 16.2 points and 12 rebounds last season, not only excels on the court, but in the classroom as well, where she boasts a 4.2 grade point average while taking advanced placement courses.

    "It's kind of fun," Gordon said. "My mind is always occupied. I just try to excel at everything."

    Gordon attributes her strong worth ethic to her mother, Brenda, who instilled a confidence in her as a young child.

    "My mom expects a lot out of me," Gordon said. "She's always motivated me to do things that even I thought I couldn't do. I never thought that I could play ball, work and keep my grades up. But my mom told me that I could, and I did."

    Underclassmen at MHS have taken notice of Gordon's actions.

    "A lot of the younger kids walk up to me and tell me that they are going to be the next Kayla Gordon," Gordon said.

    Added Wilson, "She's the model kid. She's very responsible and a terrific leader."

    As Gordon embarks on the next phase of her life, her legacy at MHS will be cherished.

    "We're really going to miss her," Wilson said. "She does a lot of things for us not just on the floor, but off the floor as well."

    On the boy's side, Devonte Brewster and Joel Baskin were named honorable mention on the 2014 Clarion-Ledger All-State team.

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