Ask a coach of any sport to list the qualities of a dream player and the list will probably include traits such as leadership, talent, coachable, hard worker, and excellent student athlete.
Instead of writing down a list, the coach could just ask for Lucy Mason.
Last week, Chamblee’s Lucy Mason was selected as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s AAAA Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Averaging 19.4 points per game and scoring 602 points, Mason, a 50 percentage field-goal shooter, was the leading scorer in DeKalb County. In addition, Mason lead the county in assists with 147, and she was third in steals with 124.
“It is truly a blessing to have received this honor. There were so many players that could have been chosen and I am grateful. I want to thank everybody that supported us this year,” said Mason. “This was not a goal at the beginning of the season, I just wanted to get a championship and be a leader on the team.”
A shooting guard by trade but primarily used as the point guard, Mason was a 69 percent free-throw shooter, which was fourth best in the county. The biggest disappointment for Mason and her teammates, who were the region 6-AAAA runners-up, was not competing for the state title. In overtime in the quarterfinals, Chamblee was eliminated by region rival Southwest DeKalb, who would eventually be the state runners-up.
Numerous times this season Mason scored 20 or more points [her season high was 39 points against Osborne]. Against Tucker in January, Mason eclipsed the 1000 point milestone, but what is equally impressive about Mason were her consistent hustle plays and encouragement of teammates.
“She has been pretty consistent from day one. The same thing you saw as a senior she had as a ninth grader, and we knew back then she was special,” said Chamblee head coach Paul Ireland, who has coached Mason all four years. “UNC-Greensboro is going to be a great fit for her. They are in need of guard play, and Lucy’s slashing type of play should help them be successful in the future.”
Mason is a magnet student with a 3.9 grade point average; and, unlike most of her contemporaries, Mason is a three-sport athlete. In the fall, she had a .486 batting average and earned a starting spot on the North squad in the DeKalb County All-Star softball game, and currently she competes in the shot put, high jump, and hurdles for Chamblee’s girls track team.
“I want to thank everybody that supported us this year. In my four years playing for Chamblee, we have never had as much support from the community and the school as we did this year,” said Mason.