LEWISTON, Minn. (KTTC) – Passing, shooting, rebounding and defending – the basics of basketball, but only a few can master those skills at a high level.
Myia Ruzek is known for being one of the most dynamic girls basketball players in Southeastern Minnesota.
Scoring 1000 career-points has not come easy, but Ruzek accomplished that just six games into her junior year at Lewiston-Altura High School.
“I feel like they just don’t stay down and they just don’t see it coming. Sometimes I drive and sometimes they just don’t know what I’m doing,” said Ruzek.
Coaches picked up on Myia’s talent and introduced her to the varsity level as an 8th grader and starting as a freshman.
“She can dribble the ball, she has post moves, she’s quick off the ball and on defense. You never know where she is because it’s just two steps and she’s across the court. She’s that quick,” said Coach Scheck.
Myia has posted four games of 27 points or more through six games this season.
It was her 28 point, eight rebound effort that propelled her to 1000 career-points and a win over La Crescent.
Because of that, defenders often have a hard time stopping Myia from getting where she wants, whether it is going to the rim or pulling up for a jumper.
For Myia, her love for the game came early, but she was not always sure she wanted to play until her mom convinced her to join a team.
“I first experienced it myself when I tried to shoot a basket when I was like five. And she gave the option of going out for basketball and I wasn’t sure of myself and then I did,” said Ruzek.
From being unsure of basketball to potentially the Cardinals all-time leading scorer, Myia Ruzek is this week’s KTTC Newscenter Sports Athlete of the Week.