RFA junior guard McLeod making her name on the hardwood

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ROME — Rome Free Academy junior guard Amya McLeod rocketed up the program’s all-time scoring list this season, going from eighth to third.

She has also verbally committed to attending Division I Youngstown State in Ohio to play basketball.

McLeod has 1,235 lifetime points, which puts here 109 points behind Lori Keys for second. Nikki Jo Rotolo is the all-time leading scorer in RFA history with 2,030 points. She led the team with 533 points, scoring a little more than a third of the team’s 1,436 points. She also had a team-best 70 steals and 110 assists. She also had 111 rebounds.

The Black Knights went 15-7 this season, including winning nine out of 10 homes games.

Here are five questions she answered for the Daily Sentinel:

What was your best memory this season?

“Winning that first round of Sectionals was honestly a great win.” Another was coming back from down 19 points at halftime against Liverpool early in the season for a three-point win.

What did you learn this season?

“I’ve learned that I’ve had not so much to grow on the court but as a person grow as a leader. I’ll have a big role in college. I’ll be a point guard. So being a leader will be one of the biggest things I’ll have to get used to. Communicating with my teammates to make sure everyone knows what they’re doing.” She added, “Scoring is something that needs to happen but on my side it’s about getting my teammates the ball.”

What are your goals for next season?

For the team, she said she wants to get over the hump of losing in the Section III post-season semifinals. “We have to step up,” she said of the returning players, especially with the lose of Tailyn Frost, the lone senior who finished the season with the team. “We’re going to have some hard games next year.” The team will need strong defense and bench strength, she said.

Can you become RFA’s all-time leading scorer?

“I’m going to try. It’s going to very hard. I’m not putting it past me. I don’t like being put second next to Nikki Jo.” She said her goal is to score at least 2000 career points by the end of her high school playing days.

What do you do outside of basketball?

“I make TikToks and I watch Netflix.” After being a focused basketball player for years, McLeod was aso convinced by Frost this year to play tennis with her in the fall and run track with her this spring. “They’re actually both pretty fun so I’m not complaining.”

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