Thriple Threat: Hynson's time taken up with clubs, athletics, and academics
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 11, 2005 -- When Ne-Ne Hynson is not on the track, softball field, or basketball court, she is in one of four clubs at Sulphur Springs High School.

Hynson is a member of the Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club and National Honor Society during her senior year while also contributing to multiple Lady Cat sports.

"Being a part of clubs, you have to be able to get along with everybody and be understanding and listen to everybody's opinions," Hynson said. "Being on this team you have to do that because all of us are different so we all get along. I try to take what I do in those clubs and bring it to this team to help us grow and get better."

Hynson is averaging seven points per game, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.6 rebounds as a starter for coach Carin Bryant with a season high 23-point performance against Scurry-Rosser earlier this season.

"Coming into this season, I wanted to be going into double digits hopefully every game but I haven't been playing where I wanted to play," she said. "My offense is definitely not where I wanted it to be at all and I really need to step it up on that side. As an individual, I want to pick up my play and not get into foul trouble throughout the remainder of the season. As a team, I hope that we can open up some eyes and do well in district and get into the playoffs and make it be a better season."

Hynson has applied to the University of Texas at Austin and to Abilene Christian University to major in Criminology and Kinesiology, and plans to just go for her academics and not participate in athletics.

Hynson is one of four seniors on the team as Christina Patchen, Minta Mannon and Terra Jackson are the other three seniors, and Hynson said the varsity level is definitely a new experience for her during the tough season.

"It has been a lot different because last year it was a lot of the same thing except for a few people and this year it is a whole different level because you have to get used to the faster pace and everybody is working together and trying to get better but it has been a hard transition," Hynson said.

The Lady Cats are currently in 6-16 and 0-1 in District 12-4A play after an 87-54 loss to Texas High Friday night in Texarkana, and Hynson said she hopes the remainder of the season turns around from the slow start during the non-district campaign.

"It has really been tough because I know that everybody on this team has a lot of potential because we have been playing together for years and we have been doing good," she said. "This year, we didn't start out where we wanted too and as a senior I wanted to start out on a different note rather than the note that we started out on. Hopefully it will get better."

Ne-Ne said she is more of a quite leader on the court than an emotional leader and when it comes to being on the court each and every player on the team has confidence in what each other's abilities are during a game.

"I think my leadership role is the person that I talk with everybody and if somebody is having a problem, they can come and talk to me because I will be there for them to talk," Hynson said.

"It gives me a lot of confidence in myself knowing that somebody else looks forward to me being on the court and has confidence in me. I just know where Terra is going to be on the court because I know that she can get my turnover if I mess up and I just have confidence with the other seniors and the juniors on the team."

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