Dunbar guard Mashayla Cecil is the Athlete of the Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Early in her career, it was evident, Dunbar's Mashayla Cecil was going to be a special player.

"She is a gym rat," says PLD girls' basketball coach Nick Runyon. "She loves being in the gym and she will text me about getting in the gym as early as you can. You just can't keep a kid like her out of the gym."

Cecil agrees with that statement of wanting to be in the gym.

"I grew up in a basketball family so like we are always around basketball, playing AAU, my whole life so it's just something like where a basketball family. We're always watching basketball and going two games and stuff like that. I love it."

As freshman, Cecil averaged a team best 10.5 points, only to skyrocket to 19.8 points as a sophomore, and another 18 points per game clip as a junior. Runyon is blessed to have her on his team.

"She can do just about anything on the court. She's an extension of the coaching staff."

"Now that I'm a senior I think I have better shot selection, says Cecil who has 1,856 career points. "I want to get everybody involved, and being a team player is a big thing."

Entering her senior year, Mashayla changed her body and her work ethic by running cross country.

"One day I was just like I want to get quicker, I want to get faster, and work on my stamina and stuff like that."

Runyon has witnessed what that hard work has accomplished.

"She's in the best shape of your life. And she will tell you that too. Cross country is no joke when they run a lot."

"I did cross country so I had to have that kind of practice every day and so it really help me a lot."

All of that has led to record scoring production in her senior season. Cecil is filling it up at 26 points a game and at this pace, will shatter the 2,000 point mark.

I think she has a little something extra to play for," says Runyon. "She has something to prove."

Cecil knows her time in high school is coming to a close and she wants to finish strong.

"I love the game of basketball and so I want to do it and no one has to force me to do it it's just something I want to do and I love."

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