Demeara Hinds went from never playing basketball four seasons ago to being one of the most dominate players in Class AAAAA this season.
The 6-foot-3 Lithia Springs senior has left her mark on the Lions program.
She finished her career with 1,110 points and 1,032 rebounds in 105 games.
Lithia Springs reached the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs with Hinds leading the way.
She averaged 13.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots in 29 games.
“The season didn’t end the way we wanted, but I was pleased with my senior year,” Hinds said. “I just loved my teammates and the way the team came together overall.”
For her effort in leading the Lithia Springs team, Hinds has been named the Douglas County Sentinel Player of the Year.
Hinds didn’t start playing basketball until her freshman season.
Lions coach David Mills saw then-freshman Hinds working out in his health class, he asked what middle school basketball team she played on.
Hinds informed Mills that she was a soccer player, and didn’t play basketball.
Mills told her she was a basketball player now, and he would see her at tryouts.
Four years later, she became the first Lithia Springs female player to sign a scholarship with a Power 5 Conference school after signing with Wake Forest last November.
She finished her career with 1,110 points and 1,032 rebounds in 105 games. She was named the Region 6-AAAAA Player of the Year.
“I’m really thankful for all my teammates for pushing me,” Hinds said. “I don’t have any regrets.”
Mills said getting the points is quite a feat since she has been doubled and tripled team the majority of her career.
“She has gotten banged up for the last four years,” Mills said. “It wasn’t easy, but she showed a lot of resilience. I know it has been frustrating at times. The kid just keep playing.”
Hinds stopped playing soccer after her sophomore year to concentrate fully on basketball. She grew-up watching her father, Dexter, play and took up the game at five.
“It was a good decision because that are so family-oriented,” said Hinds, who sports a 3.7 grade-point average. “I’m really excited about the future. I’m happy that I decided to play basketball because it has brought me a lot of opportunities.”