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Marble Falls’ Edwards picks up 3 offers, continues preparing for 2023-24 season

Marble Falls High School senior girls basketball player Lexie Edwards isn’t resting on her laurels.

The 6-foot 3-inch center has five offers going into her final high school season. They are from Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., Howard Payne University, Principia College, Ranger College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor,

But instead of taking the summer off, the Lady Mustang has been playing for Austin Elite for the last several months. She was in Orlando to play in the Orlando Splash July 21-22 and The National Championship July 22-24.

“My senior year is very important, especially since it’s my last year to play for (Marble Falls High head coach John) Berkman,” she said. “I’m going to have to be a leader.”

She is projected to be the lone senior on the roster in a program that had seven graduates in 2022-23. The Lady Mustangs are the District 24-4A champions in a season where they were the overwhelming favorite to win it.

But graduation hits every program annually, and Marble Falls isn’t exempt. Edwards embraces the challenges that are coming as being the only senior and understands the newcomers to the varsity will need time to adjust to the speed of that level and everyone getting to know each other and their tendencies.

“I want them to know it’s a process,” she said. “I’ll be a vocal leader. If we need it, I need to be the person in there to step in. Being vocal and being a big leader.”

She said she welcomes doing what it takes to help the team win.

“That’s on both sides,” she said.

Edwards works on shooting constantly and has for several years. She is deadly shooting the 15-footer from the free throw line as the high post. But when defenses challenge her there, she is unafraid to drive to the basket. She and Lady Mustangs assistant coach Adley Canales have worked closely to help her become a scorer. One of her favorite drills to help with her midrange shooting is 125 shots in five minutes from the elbow of the free throw line.

“I can drive with two bounces,” she said. “I know how to drive to the rim. I can keep shooting and making it. I work at it a lot. I’m working on my shot a lot,”

But don’t think the center, who is No. 1 and No. 2 on the list of most blocks in a contest, is all about the offense. She loves to block shots and rebound, especially on the defensive end.

“I’m trying to be a defensive threat on the ball. When I finish high school basketball, I know I’m going to have to have to guard away from the rim,” she said. “I don’t think there was another like me in our district that has the shots when it comes to the post. If you lose, it’s as a team. It doesn’t matter if you score 40, 50, 60 points.”

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