Student Athlete of the Week: Pass Christian’s Daydria Cuevas
For this week’s Student Athlete of the week, News 25’s Grace Boyles heads over to Pass Christian to highlight a member of the Lady Pirates basketball squad, just coming off a deep run in the state tournament.
The team’s success would not have been possible without its woman underneath the basket: Daydria Cuevas.
For someone that doesn’t do a whole lot of talking, Daydria Cuevas sure knows how to lead with a quiet confidence. When she does have something to say, her teammates listen and when she imposes her will on the basketball court, her opponents listen to that, too. Pass Christian Girls Basketball Head Coach Greta Ainsworth said, “You know, not many six-foot high school girls can handle a basketball the way she does, but she is definitely an all-around player. All the kids on the team love her, look up to her.”
Having been on varsity since the eighth grade, the six-foot center really came into her own as a sophomore, averaging four blocks and just under seven points per game this season, helping lead her Lady Pirates all the way to the state semi-finals for the first time in Greta Ainsworth’s 12 years as head coach. “She’s very respectful, very coachable. You know, she’s going to do anything that we ask her to do, she’s going to do it to the best of her ability.”
Basketball is a family affair for Cuevas, having developed a passion for the sport from her mother and older brother. “My mom, she just has been through a lot and seeing her keep going after a bump and a hill and just keep going has really motivated me to be the best and to get over those bumps whenever I hit them. He inspires me in everything he does.”
It’s been an especially hard year off the court for Cuevas. Despite having to be quarantined seven times and losing her family home in Hurricane Zeta, having to move in with her grandparents, the sophomore has still found ways to excel on the hardwood. “Mentally, I’ve been struggling honestly. Just telling myself to keep going has been one of the hardest things to do this year because of everything that’s happened, losing my house. I mean it’s not every day you just lose your house and have to move in with your grandparents.”
“It was very hard emotionally for her, it was very hard for her, but she fought through it like a champion and each time she came back, I think she came back stronger and more determined to do her– not only her best in the classroom, but on the court as well.
Through all the adversity, Cuevas has still been able to balance the responsibilities of a student-athlete and maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA. “I guess just drive to be better in everything that I do, especially in basketball since I’ve grown up doing it. I just want to be good and hopefully go to college.”
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