Sport: BasketballPosition: GuardClass: SeniorClaim to fame: A two-year letterman, Taylor is leading the Lady Eagles (22-6, 6-2 12-5A) in both steals and deflections, averaging about 3 and 4, respectively, per game this season.
The last few weeks have been hard on the team, how have you all handled it?As a team, weve just been bonding a lot, having fun together, just bring us closer and stronger having slumber parties. What does the team like to do at the slumber parties?We just go to like midnight bowling or out to eat, things girls do. ... We play Just Dance we play the Wii and stuff.
Do you all do a lot of team-bonding?Yeah. We just love to have fun. You know girls love to have fun.
Ellison has won seven of its last eight games with the lone loss coming on the emotionally-draining day of the funeral of teammate Deja Pointers mother. What do you attribute to that success on the court?Weve been feeling really strong. Its like, when one person is hot, everybody is hot. Its like, Oh, if you on it and Im on it, you know? We kind of feed off each others energy.
Do you have any pregame rituals to get up for games?I have to get wild. I have to dance like theres no tomorrow. Act stupid, yeah.
What do you listen to get ready for a game?We listen of our iPods, or sometimes, I bring a dock, so like on overnight trips, well just plug it into an outlet and we just, you know ...
What do you feel your role is on this team?Defense. Stopping balls, defensive stops, pressuring the ball, forcing people to a side (of the court). Steals and deflects it always hits my arms, ... but yeah, it pumps me (up).
Whats something about you that makes you unique?Wow, so Im the shortest person on the team with the longest arms. I dont know how thats possible, but I have the longest arm span. Its weird, but I think that just makes me unique.
Any nickname that results from the long wingspan?My coach calls me Olive Oyl from Popeye. She says Im shaped like Olive Oyl (Popeyes girlfriend) and its just stuck with me since sophomore year.