Lanie George loves to play the game of basketball. She has done a lot to get to where she is today, but she says would not have been able to do it without some important people that have been there for her.
“My mom is my biggest influence,” Lanie said. “She reminds me every day to work hard for the things I want to achieve and be the best version of myself on and off the court. Coach Monks has been the biggest impact and supporter throughout my high school career. He goes the extra mile to make me better and to have confidence despite the challenges.”
George is a junior at Ponca City High School. Along with playing basketball, she is also the president of the junior class, a student council representative, and a member of the Future Farmers of America organization.
As a member of the Ladycat program, Lanie says that it is more than just being part of a team and playing a sport.
“It means a lot to me to be a part of the basketball program and have the community support us the way they do,” she said. “I love to be able to represent my school and community on the basketball court. For me, it is a privilege to be able to do so and to be able to play in front of our fans.”
There has been a lot of work that Lanie has put in so that she can be ready to compete at her highest level. But she says that work is just a part of it.
“It has taken my dedication, commitment, and hard work to have confidence in myself on the court,” she stated. “One thing that keeps me motivated is being underestimated. I like to prove people wrong about that.”
Lanie is thankful for the team she is surrounded by on and off the court and she says that they help each other grow and improve.
“I enjoy working against Emma Gertken in practice because she is a very fundamental player and assists in making me a better all-around player. I think the least appreciated player on the team is Kaytum Lively because she works hard and is hard on herself along the way. She doesn’t get the credit for the little assets she brings to the team.”