El Reno’s Merzedes Macias – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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El Reno senior Merzedes Macias started playing basketball around the age of eight. Her father and brothers have been influential along the way, while her oldest brother helped teach her one of the most valuable lessons in sports and in life.

“I grew up in a gym, watching my two older brothers compete every weekend. My dad was their little league coach, so I would watch every game and every practice,” she said. “My oldest brother has taught me that you don’t have to be the most talented in the world, just the hardest worker.”

Her hard-working mindset it what has driven Macias to be a leader on the Lady Indians basketball team. She is known for being an athlete of character, which is very important to her.

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“Character is everything,” she said. “Lifting up your teammates when they make a mistake and lifting them even higher when they make a good play. Positive energy can go a long way.”

Part of the reason Macias strives to be her best on the court is because she wants to make  her teammates and the El Reno community proud.

“My teammates are so much more than just that; they are my family,” she said. “I love the atmosphere that our community provides. There is nothing like it.”

That supportive atmosphere was especially tangible at the Class 5A state semifinals game when El Reno went up against Eisenhower for an intense match-up. Macias was the Lady Indians’ hero that day when the senior guard sank a three-point buzzer beater to win the game 40-39. Not a bad way to celebrate what also happened to be her eighteenth birthday.

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The Lady Indians ended up taking home the silver ball as state runner-up after a fantastic season. Macias is proud of her team’s work during her senior season.

“My senior season was incredible,” she said. “I could not have asked for a better season, or a better team to share it with. We made history this year.”

After graduation, Macias plans to attend a four year college and work in the medical field. Looking back on her high school basketball career, she offers some advice to the rest of the team who will continue on for El Reno.

“To my underclassmen, it is all worth it,” she said. “Every practice, every sprint, every long film session, it is all worth it. Give it your all and work the absolute hardest because I promise you, it all pays off in the end.”