Girls Athlete of the Week – Joie Read, Dalhart

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Dalhart’s Joie Read is the First United Bank Girls Athlete of the Week. [Alan Hale/ For Press Pass Sports]

Joie Read, Dalhart basketball, Fr.

On the court: The freshman played like anything but helping lift the Dalhart Lady Wolves to a very emotional 34-30 win at Canadian last Friday. Days after losing highly respected principal Scot Wright who was tragically killed in a car wreck, Read and the Lady Wolves pulled together to nab a win they’ll never forget. Reid tallied 10 points against the Lady Cats while pulling down five boards to go with two steals. Last Tuesday against Tulia, Read had nine points with five rebounds and four steals.

On the season, the daughter of Dalhart head football coach Joey, is averaging nine points a game with five rebounds and four steals.

Coach Anthony Catherall: “It was a huge win on several different levels. It’s hard to even put into words. It was just such a tough week for the school and the community. It was emotionally draining but we were able to dedicate a win for a great man like Scot Wright. We could have rolled over, but we fought and got a huge win. I can’t say how proud I am of the team and a player like Joie. Joie has improved so much from the beginning of the year. Remember she was playing eighth graders last year. She can score, rebound, play defense and her personality is magnetic. She is a leader and just brings a calming presence when she’s on the floor.”

Read: “It was an awesome win to get after a very difficult week. We were able to dedicate that coach to principal Wright and for that night really lift the community of Dalhart. It also helped us in the district race to beat a great team like Canadian. I just want to keep getting better. I’m making a big leap from eighth grade so I’m just trying to limit my mistakes and make smart decisions. The game is slowing down for me and we just want to keep winning and I want to keep improving.”

About Read

Favorite band or musician: Taylor Swift

Favorite social media platform: Instagram

Favorite athlete: Caitlyn Clark

Bet you didn’t know: Youngest of seven siblings.

Parents: Joey and Jennifer Read.

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