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Brock grad returns to the court with Lady Coyotes

Madi Mayfield just wasn’t ready to finish playing basketball.

Madi MayfieldThe Weatherford College sophomore returned to the team this season after taking a year off. Wanting to be a dental hygienist, she didn’t think she could handle both the intense studying and a busy basketball schedule.

But her desire to play again overcame those thoughts.

“It wasn’t really in my plans to come back, but coach Bob (McKinley) gave me the opportunity, and I love basketball, so here we are,” Mayfield said.

A Brock graduate, basketball is, of course, in Mayfield’s blood. She was a member of the Lady Eagles as a sophomore when they won state, and then they were state runners-up her junior season.

“I grew up here, and I love Weatherford College. My granddad went here. My great grandfather was a basketball coach at Brock,” she said.

She originally wanted to be a nurse, but after speaking with her grandmother, she changed her major.

“My grandmother was a dental assistant, and she got me interested,” Mayfield said.

She said returning to the team for what will most likely be her final season of competitive basketball has been special. She said it is even more special, given that what she originally thought was her final season two years ago was a subpar season for the perennial power Lady Coyotes, who have returned to prominence.

“It’s been a blessing to be back. This season has made me love basketball even more,” she said. “And it feels like redemption. I’m going to end it on a positive note.”

McKinley said Mayfield’s return sends a positive message to the rest of the team.

“Her enthusiasm sends a message, whether it’s practice or playing. She’s the biggest cheerleader in the gym,” he said. “She’s one of the most important parts of the team.”

Mayfield hasn’t ruled out trying to continue to play when she transfers to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls next year.

“Coach Bob wants me to try, but it’s almost impossible to do both,” she said. “I think it would be fun to be a referee, someday, though, and I can stay in basketball that way.”

“I told her, what have you got to lose?” McKinley said. “I can’t imagine her (Midwestern head coach Noel Johnson) not liking what you bring.”