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Athlete of the week: Chestatee freshman adjusting quickly

POSTED: January 26, 2008 5:02 a.m.

GAINESVILLE — Just the thought of having Peyton Robertson around for three more years makes Chestatee High girls basketball coach Web Daniel smile.

Robertson, a freshman, has wasted no time adjusting to the varsity level.

To date, she is averaging 11 points per game and nearly seven rebounds per game. She’s also shooting 58 percent from the field, recorded 19 blocks this season, and has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games.

In Chestatee’s 58-50 victory against Lumpkin County last Tuesday, Robertson led the Lady War Eagles with a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. She continued her stellar play in last Friday’s 36-30 win against rival North Hall, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 boards.

"Last week we all worked as a team really well," Robertson said. "At the beginning of the season we didn’t work as good as a team together and now we’ve gotten to know each other, and are used to each other.

"We’re just working really well together."

The 6-foot-2 center said that last Friday’s game with North Hall was one she’ll never forget.

"It was crazy," she added. "Everyone was pumped up and we were all ready to win. North Hall versus Chestatee is always a big game, and we were just out there to win."

Robertson is quick to admit that the transition from middle school to high school was extremely tough at first.

"The pace has definitely picked up a lot more," she said. "It’s a lot faster and a lot more aggressive. I was used to it being more like a scrimmage (in) middle school and we were used to winning, but we came up here and it was just tougher."

Daniel has been pleasantly surprised with Robertson’s gradual improvement this season.

"She’s come along pretty good," Daniel said. "She’s still got a long way to go, but she’s doing great for a freshman. I’ve come to a point now to where I’m confident with her in the post, and she’s handling the older girls real well."

He added that the sky is the limit for Robertson.

"I think at first she thought that she had to do a lot and she didn’t realize she had a team behind her," Daniel said. "But now she’s a lot more confident and she’s just played well. You can look at the stats and see that she’s getting better and better every game.

"Last week she had that 17-point game, and I’m just waiting for her to have a 25-point game here soon."



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