NEW GLASGOW – Alyson Fulton is pretty modest about her skills as a basketball player.
She doesn’t hide the fact that she works hard at it, but doesn’t brag that she can play with the best of them. Posting big numbers at the U-17 Canada Basketball nationals last week, Fulton led her team in points per game.
Not only was she a leader on Team Nova Scotia, but she was also fifth in the country for points per game, first in three-point scoring and first in three-point shooting percentage.
“I didn’t really except to play that well because I knew the girls in my age group would be talented, so it was surprising to be more successful than most of them in scoring,” she said. “It was intense, fun and a good experience for me as a young basketball player.
“I went in a little unconfident, but leaned that I shouldn’t be because I can play with these girls.”
The team finished seventh in the tournament, which wasn’t quite what they hoped for. Fulton said they just “lost the wrong games” as they won four of their six contests. They defeated Quebec, Newfoundland and P.E.I. twice, while they lost to Ontario and Alberta.
Against the eventual silver medalists from Quebec, Fulton led her team with 23 points. She also lifted her team to an overtime victory against P.E.I.
“I think they (Team N.S. coaches) relied on me a lot to make important shots,” she said. “I went out in overtime against P.E.I. and hit two or three threes to give us the lead and help us win that game.”
Making this provincial team and attending nationals was Fulton’s goal for the year, but now her focus is starting to switch towards university. She will enter Grade 12 this year, although she isn’t sure where she will be attending her final year of high school after spending Grade 11 at the Halifax Grammar School.
“Obviously I really want to play university basketball, but my goal was to play on the U-17 team,” she said. “Now I want to play university of some sort. I’m not sure if I want to play NCAA, but definitely CIS.”
Her focus will now be on continuing her training program and improving her skill sets. She said she is always looking to get to her full potential and makes sure her training reflects those goals.
“While I was at nationals I definitely picked up on skills from players from other provinces and will try to use those to get better,” said Fulton.
Although she is working hard towards her goals of playing basketball at the highest level possible, Fulton still has fun playing the game.
“I think everyone has their own opinion, but for me I always find it fun to play at the highest level you can,” she said. “It’s exciting to push yourself to be your best and try to reach your goals.”
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