Girls basketball player of the week (2/13): Lutheran's Ekemini Essien

What she did: Scored 20 points — her season average — in the season finale against Bullard Brook Hill as Lutheran (26-5) finished perfect in TAPPS regular-season play. This season, Essien has four triple-doubles and 16 double-doubles. She has a scholarship offer from Div. II Arkansas-Monticello.

Who she is: A 5-10 senior post

The stats: 20 points, 11.5 rebounds, four steals and two assists per game

She said it: “Being a senior, I feel like I have to be an anchor for our team. … We’ve been amazing this year; our whole team has played great.”

Coach said it:

“We put a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations on her, but she’s handled it really well.” — Tyerone Washington

Did you know?
Essien is the student body president, in the National Honors Society and in the top 15 in her class. … She’s the defending TAPPS Div. III champion in the shot put and runner-up in long jump. … She also plays the drums in her church’s praise band.

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