Alex Wilson has been waiting for this.
For years, the Copperas Cove guard has been anticipating the moment when she would step onto the court knowing every move she made mattered.
Now, after countless practices, numerous games and lots of mental preparation, her time has arrived.
“I’m so excited because this is my senior year,” Wilson said. “I want to make every game count, and I just want to have fun because this is what I’m going to look back on my life 20 years from now.”
Three weeks into her final year with the Lady Bulldawgs, Wilson is creating plenty of future fond memories.
Copperas Cove opened the season by winning 10 of its first 15 games and quickly worked its way into the state rankings due in part to Wilson’s strong play.
After spending last season as one of the Lady Bulldawgs’ top bench players, Wilson now resides in the starting lineup, and it did not take long to prove she belonged.
In the season-opening victory against A&M Consolidated, Wilson scored a game-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds, two steals and a block.
One week later, after guiding No. 25 Copperas Cove to a third-place finish in its home tournament, Wilson delivered a 15-point, two-assist, two-steal performance in a win against Round Rock.
While her stats are impressive, her contributions extend beyond the box score, according to Lady Bulldawgs head coach Eldridge McAdams.
“She is going to hustle,” he said, “she can play any position, she is scrappy and that is just who she is. That is what we expect of her, and we need her to do that.”
As a reserve last season, Wilson played a complementary role to standout guards Mikayla Blount, who was named the Killeen Daily Herald’s All-Area Co-offensive Player of the Year for 2014-15, and 12-6A All-District First Team selection Angel Mullen.
Her role, however, changed following their departures.
“I’ve always been a role player,” Wilson said, “and I tried to make other players better last year. I’ve played with Mikayla since the fourth grade, and my job was always to get her the ball and help her out, but this year it is my turn.
“I know I have to step up, be a leader and help out my team by doing everything I can.”
Sometimes, Wilson is required to be a defensive presence, while other times, the Lady Bulldawgs rely on her to orchestrate the offense or simply to provide a calming presence to younger players after she helped the squad return to the playoffs last season following a year absence.
But one thing McAdams requires of Wilson is points.
“Her role definitely had to change,” he said. “We’re looking for her to score. I’d love for her to average 23 points for the season, but she has to score in double figures. ... We have to make up for what we lost.”
Although her responsibilities have been altered and the burden resting on her shoulders has increased, with just one season remaining in her high school career, Wilson would not want it any other way.
“This experience is helping me grow as a person,” she said. “It is making me a better teammate, and I don’t want to let my team down, so that is driving me.”