Puoy playing her best when Arizona Western needs it most
The 6-foot sophomore has elevated her game as her team makes a playoff push in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
“I’m starting to be able to play my game again and my shot is on right now so it just feels good, especially with it nearing the end of the season and playoffs creeping up,” she told me. “It just gives me that much more confidence.”
Gone are the groin and knee injuries that plagued her in the past, although from time to time her knee does give her issues.
“A meniscus tear is a lingering injury,” she said. “My groin injury has gone away as of a week ago. I’ve been rehabbing and getting it wrapped up every practice and game days, so it healed up quickly and is no longer an issue.”
Being pain free has her playing care free, and her stats bear that change.
First 20 games
7.5 points per game
.406 field-goal percentage
Last 4 games
13.8 points per game
.537 field-goal percentage
“My numbers aren’t the best right now, but I still feel like I’m doing things on the court that aren’t found in the stat book,” Puoy said. “I’m super active and taking care of business on the defensive end and I’m my teammates’ biggest cheerleader. It’s important to show your teammates that you believe in them because when it really comes down to it, I want them all to have the confidence to shoot that game-winning shot or lock up on the game-tying play.”
Arizona Western is 12-5 in the ACCAC and sits in fifth place, one game out of fourth and two games out of third, with five games left in the regular season.
“We have a few more big games coming up and I’m more than ready,” Puoy said. “We all want to go to Texas and play in that national tournament, and it’s going to take a lot, but I have faith we will gut it out and have some huge games and surprise the conference this month.”