ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – John Marshall’s Lilly Meister is ready to take the next step.
The sophomore sensation, who already holds Division I offers from high-major programs, put the local basketball scene on notice Friday when she erupted for a career-high 35 points and 14 rebounds in JM’s season-opening win against Faribault.
“I honestly didn’t think much about it,” she said. “I kind of just went out there, but a lot of it was [my teammates] were getting it in to me so easily, so it wasn’t me as much as it was my team.”
It’s already been a historic year for Meister, who set the Minnesota High School Volleyball state record with 16 blocks earlier this fall.
“I honestly didn’t know [I broke the record] until they told me, but it was cool,” she said. “It was a shock since volleyball isn’t what I work on in the offseason.”
Only a sophomore, this is Meister’s third year on varsity. Last year as a freshman, she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds a game — even with opposing teams game-planning against her.
“From pressure, it doesn’t really seem to bother her too much. She kind of relishes in that role,” said Rockets’ Head Coach Phil Schroeder.
It’s a role she’ll need to get used to, as Division 1 basketball is in her future.
“Her best basketball probably will be in college beacuase that’s when she’ll be a little bit stronger and at her peak phiscally and so forth,” said Schroeder. “She works extremely hard on her craft. She’s a good volleyball player, too, so she works hard at that. She’s just a really good overall talent.”
A tremendous talent with tremendous work ethic — the dream combination.
“I just tell myself that the work will pay off. From my experience and what I’ve seen, it’ll pay off.”
Lilly Meister of the John Marshall Girls Basketball Team is this week’s KTTC Athlete of the Week.