One on one with ... Oxford’s Casmine Copeland
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Oxford's Casmine Copeland is a fifth-year starter for the girls basketball squad. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Oxford's Casmine Copeland is a fifth-year starter for the girls basketball squad. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Casmine Copeland says there isn’t much to do in Oxford, but she certainly has found a way to stay busy.

The senior is starting for the Yellow Jackets' girls basketball team for the fifth season of the last six. A torn knee ligament kept her sidelined when she was a freshman.

Copeland, whose nickname is Cas, spends a lot of time on a hard court even outside the high school season.

She spends her summers on the AAU circtuit, playing for the Alabama Tar Heels out of Birmingham, or hooping with her friends at a local recreation center. The strongest part of her game is her 3-point shot.

There isn’t much surprise that she wants to play in college, where she hopes to major in physical therapy. But she isn’t sure which school is right for her. Recently, Copeland took a few minutes from warming up for practice to sit down with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and answer 10 questions:

Question: What are things related to basketball that can help in life?

Answer: Leadership and quick decision making. You’ve got to think on your feet, and you’ve got to get it. You can’t sit there and think too long because the pressure is coming. You’ve got to get it out as quickly as possible and be a leader.

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

A: Could I play myself? I would play myself. No one else could do it better.

Q: Do you like playing in tournaments?

A: Yes. I play AAU all season. It’s more up-tempo and better competition. You see girls from all around the world, and it’s a great atmosphere to be in when you’re playing all these different people. Just to be able to sit there spending your whole summer or weekend watching and doing what you love is awesome.

Q: Name a sport would you like to try?

A: Soccer. It would have gotten my feet quicker and my hand-eye coordination. It would have made me a quicker player.

Q: What’s your greatest memory while playing for Oxford?

A: County (tournament) last year, playing Jacksonville. I would say the whole game. They had beaten us twice; we wanted to get them back. We were hyped and ready for that one game, and we ended up losing it by one point.

Q: Who do you go to for advice?

A: Basketball-wise I only really ask my dad, but for other things, whether it’s school or whatever, I’d ask a friend.

Q: What the best thing about your coach, Tonya Peoples?

A: She pushes me. She’ll get on to you, and that’s a good thing because when they don’t get on to you, something is wrong. She’ll push me, talk to me, put stuff in my ear that I need to do to get better and lead the team.

Q: Where is your home away from home?

A: My grandma’s. She lives here, so it’s a close home away from home. I go over there all the time just to hang out. They always have food, so they keep me well fed.

Q: Who’s your favorite college team?

A: Connecticut. I like Geno (Auriemma). I’ve been following that team and what they’ve been doing for years.

Q: Do you have any superstitions?

A: I like to wash my hands really good before game. It gets my hands dry. If I don’t wash my hands, then I use baby powder.
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