Senior guard, Cheray Saunders, representing the Farmington High School girls basketball team, won CPTV Sports’ honor of UChoose Student-Athlete of the week for January 4, 2016 with 2,531 votes.
Saunders scored her 1000th career point on a night where she put up 39 points in a 63-43 Indians victory over E.O. Smith High School this past Tuesday. Indians’ head coach, Russ Crist, spoke highly of his guard who has accepted a full scholarship to Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Crist said Saunders has been a part of his team since her freshman year and has improved her game each season.
“Her success story is one of my all-time favorites,” said Crist. “She came in as a great athlete, with a motor that never stopped. This year she is averaging over 20 points per game and has elevated herself to one of the elite players in the state.”
Crist also mentioned how her work ethic on the court has transitioned into the classroom and how Saunders has always tried her best to help others in any way possible.
“Cheray,” said Crist, “is a very good student who is well respected by her peers and her teachers. She is also a great person who goes out of her way to put her teammates first. It has been such a pleasure to watch her grow as a person and player over the last three plus years.”
In 2013, Saunders helped the Indians capture the programs first ever title by defeating Bacon Academy-Colchester, 49-44, in the Class L championship.