Resigned to role, Meadows refines game against Mohigans
6-8 center stands tall in up-tempo style
The Dominion Post
University High center Grant Meadows doesn’t have to be reminded he’s not going to score a lot of points in the Hawks’ push-the-ball style of play.
Hawks coach Bruce Clinton does expect Meadows to be aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards.
The 6-foot-8 senior came through in emphatic fashion in Thursday night’s 58-52 overtime victory over rival Morgantown High. Meadows scored 10 points and yanked down nine rebounds. Many of his rebounds helped keep offensive possessions alive for the Hawks.
“Coach always counts on me for a lot of rebounds each game,” Meadows said. “He wants me to hustle and play scrappy, help on defense and get some turnovers for us.”
Meadows scored only one basket Thursday, but he sank 8-of-10 free throws and made his presence felt around the basket. Meadows rated his performance “pretty average,” but Clinton would not agree.
“His rebounding was huge tonight,” Clinton said. “His freethrow shooting was huge. Without that, we’re not going to win the game. Grant is very consistent at the foul line.”
He converted two free throws with 1:04 left in regulation, giving UHS a 48-47 advantage that drifted away after MHS’s Jay Fletcher made a free throw 12 seconds later.
Meadows scored UHS’s second basket of overtime, which put the Hawks ahead, 52-50.
“Grant is a smart player,” MHS coach Tom Yester said. “He did a good job of staying around the offensive glass. He knows where his bread is buttered.”
Meadows’ teammates, many of whom receive more attention than he does, never fail to appreciate what he contributes to the Hawks’ attack on both ends of the court.
“He always helps out,” UHS forward Ben Hewitt said. “He had some huge rebounds and a big layup. He played extremely well.”
The Hawks improved to 13-1 overall, 9-1 in the North Cental Athletic Conference. Those numbers mean more to Meadows than his personal statistics.
“I think we’ve definitely not reached our full potential,” Meadows said, “but throughout the season we’re getting better every game. Hopefully, by the end of the season when it really counts we’re at our peak.”
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University’s Grant Meadows tries a hook over the defense of Morgantown’s Elliott Law. Meadows had only one basket, but finished with 10 points and eight rebounds to help the Hawks beat MHS.