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Posted On: 02/1/18 11:22 AM
St. Louis Park has won five games in a row pushing their record over .500 and getting ready for the stretch run. Senior point guard Cire Mayfield is leading the way.
“This season has gone pretty good so far,” Mayfield said. “We’ve played some really tough teams in the beginning of the season but now with conference play we are doing great.”
Mayfield isn’t kidding. Park Center, Minnehaha Academy, Hopkins, Tonka, Edina, Wayzata, and Totino-Grace were all on that early season Orioles schedule. The Orioles have a half game lead for first place in the Metro West after beating Richfield, Jefferson, Kennedy, and BSM in consecutive games (also beat Mpls South in there too).
“Our younger guys have so much competitiveness in them to where anytime they play they are going to bring it, and we expect to be conference champions and going to the state tourney,” Cire said.
“The team goal is to win the conference and make it to the tournament.”
Mayfield is scoring 17.2 points per game shooting 47 percent from the floor on 13-14 shots a contest. Mayfield is also an 83 percent shooter from the foul line and averages six rebounds, 5.7 assists, and two steals a game.
“Some things I’ve really seem in improving my game are my defense awareness, three-point shot off the dribble, and finishing stronger at the basket which I really didn’t have in my earlier years of basketball. I could always pass.
“An individual goal for me is to reach the 1,000 point mark which I’m only 60 points away from.”
Mayfield’s rare speed with the ball and improved finishing ability from all points on the court have schools in contact.
“A lot of school have contacted me,” Mayfield said. “Mostly D3 schools but some D2. I’ve only visited one school and that was Buena Vista in Iowa. I plan on going to more after the season is over.”