Taking Her Game to a New Level

Taking Her Game to a New Level

Lantana resident A’Lexiss Benton has been playing basketball since she was 5 years old.

The Guyer senior began playing at the YMCA before moving to select teams and then middle school basketball at Harpool. She played during the summers for Texas Elite Adidas under the supervision and training of Coach Topping who was one of many great influences in her life. Even though she tried other sports, basketball has been her go-to game from the start.

“I tried soccer and some other stuff,” said A’Lexiss. “I just instantly knew basketball was the sport I was supposed tobe playing.”

At Harpool, she was at the top of her sport and the team even went as far as the championship. When she got to Guyer, they were moving the program from 4A to 6A so they had to really step up their game.

A’Lexiss’ first coach at Guyer was Andrea Robinson, whom she credits as pushing her to be the best she could be. Robinson put A’Lexiss on the varsity basketball team as a freshman and coached her to success.

“Coach Robinson opened my eyes to the fact that I wasn’t the only one who was working hard,” said A’Lexiss. “She taught me all about nutrition, conditioning and preparing for a game.”

She credits Coach Robinson as well as her parents with helping mold her as a person. Both were strict with her which translated not only on the court but also in the classroom. When Coach Robinson announced she was leaving just before A’Lexiss’ junior year, it was a devastating blow.

“I wish I had appreciated her more,” said A’Lexiss. “She helped me get through my first really tough injury and taught me to be strong and to always be prepared.”

The coaching change turned out to be a great experience for A’Lexiss learning to work under the new Guyer Head Coach Aimee Kilgore and Varsity Assistant Coach Lisa Williams. It taught A’Lexiss to be open and flexible and added two more mentors to help shape her as a player and a person.

Her parents have also been a major influence on her life. A’Lexiss is an only child and will soon be leaving for college which will be hard on them both.

“I appreciate everything they’ve done for me so much,” she said.

After being pursued by several schools, the Guyer point guard and shooting guard has chosen to continue her basketball career at The University of Mary Hardin–Baylor in Belton where she has received a full scholarship. When asked what she would be studying, she had a few ideas.

“I was originally going into kinesiology but due to time constraints with playing basketball, I’ve decided to study coaching,” said A’Lexiss. “I’ll probably go back later and get my degree in kinesiology when I have the time to devote to the studies and the clinicals.”

For now, A’Lexiss just wants to focus on being the best player and student she can be.

“I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my life,” she said. “I love the intensity of the game and I’ve loved playing at Guyer. With all of that experience, I’m ready to play in the NCAA.”

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