It does not take a six foot, Division I high school player to be crowned as Basketball Player of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News. Earlier this month, senior Marissa Hing’s relentless determination, strong game statistics, and natural leadership contributed to her receiving this title.

   As a four-year player, Hing has led the girls varsity team to a Division-V state championship as a junior and to the Central Coast Section Open Division championship game and into the Northern California Open Division playoffs this year,
as a senior.

   Hing’s talent surpasses just raw skill as she always her puts 100 percent in every game she plays. Hing, along with the rest of the team, is still recovering from the tough 52-57 loss
against Miramonte.

   “She’s very competitive, with a strong will to win… She takes losses hard… She put it on the line every time out,” varsity coach Doc Scheppler said, in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News.

   Although Hing is done leaving her footprint on the varsity team, she will continue on playing at UC San Diego.

   “Marissa was always a leader on our team, and she sets such a good example because she is such a relentless competitor on the court. She is really determined and disciplined. Those qualities of hers will definitely carry on into college,” sophomore and teammate Priya Sundaresan said.