Every teenager dreams about their future. For Palmer Trinity sophomore Kyrah James, her dreams include playing basketball in college. Her passion and hard work paid off recently as she set the Palmer Trinity singlegame scoring record against Greater Miami Academy with 33 points. She added 10 rebounds and had five steals in helping the Falcons to yet another victory.
James is part of yet a highly competitive Palmer Trinity girls’ varsity team led by head coach James Valle, now in his eighth year at Palmer. He explained that the fivefeet- nine-inch James is one of the hardest workers on a team filled with passionate student-athletes.
“It’s not uncommon to see Kyrah in the gym during the week at 6 a.m. working on her game before school, as well as on weekends,” Valle said. “Her dedication and passion inspires all of us to work hard to achieve our goals.”
Following her freshman high school season, James was tapped by the Miami Herald as a member of the All Miami Dade County Second Team, a rare honor for a freshman. In the 2013-14 season, James has been averaging 18.7 points per game while playing small forward and shooting guard.
“It was a total team effort,” said James of her recent record-setting performance. “I love playing with these girls. I could not have set the record without every member of our team. As far as I am concerned, it was the team that broke the record, not just one player.”
Palmer’s success in recent years under Coach Valle’s leadership has been impressive. The small private school in the Village of Palmetto Bay has won three District Championship titles — 2009, 2011 and 2013 — and made five consecutive regional playoff appearances (2008-13). Following last season’s 22-4 record, the Lady Falcons are off to another high-flying start with an 11-1 record, led by James, senior Hallie Parten and juniors Claire Hebb and Samantha Waldman, among others.
“We have an excellent combination of experienced and young players that work hard and care about each other,” Coach Valle said. “The team chemistry is wonderful and that, along with their work ethic, is a big part of our success.”
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