SAsports Spotlight
Desiree Lewis, Judson Basketball
by Michelle Uzoh writer

“Blue collar worker.”

Those were the three words Judson varsity girl’s basketball coach Triva Corrales impulsively responded with when asked to best describe her junior forward Desiree Lewis. Lewis possesses a very fundamental style of play and consistency in an era where her opponents and surroundings seem to be anything but. Her steadiness and focus allow her to fly under the radar while being reliable and executing for her team. And that steadiness has helped Judson to its first trip to the UIL State Basketball Tournament in program history.

“She’s a quiet assassin. She doesn’t have a lot of flare. She’s not a real emotional player, but she’s consistent, she gets in there and gets her job done. There’s no secret to her game. She takes advantage of people’s mistakes. When they make sloppy passes or don’t box out and she’ll make you pay. She’s super aggressive with everything, and does her job. Then you look up and she’s got ten (points) and ten (rebounds), quietly”, coach Corrales explains.

Lewis does well in the classroom and also has an outstanding influence on her teammates and is a role model on the team.
”She’s been all academic for three years; she has great grades, is a great student and is very respectful. She’s the perfect kid. She’s our leader and has a big impact on them (the team) and is generally a captain for me,” coach Corrales poured in the compliments on her standout forward.

Lewis approaches each game and practice with the same intensity and focus and is the living definition of the saying “how you practice will be how you play.”

“How hard she works in practice is how hard she works in games, she’s strong. She focuses on footwork, (and) offensive boards. She cleans us up and polishes us. She’s other coaches’ favorite player because she does her job. She’s consistent and accountable.”

Desiree Lewis gets it done on and off the court by using a focus and determination that can truly be admired during a time where flash and style reign. She uses her fundamental values and skill set to excel and positively impact her team. The groundwork that has been set for her coupled with her drive and her consistency will make for a very bright and reputable future.

Judson plays in the UIL 6A State Semifinals versus Duncanville Friday March 3, 8:30pm at The Alamodome. If the Rockets win, they'll play for a state title Saturday at 8:30pm.