LOUISVILLE — Over the years, especially recently, peers have helped tremendously in shaping Monarch senior Peyton Carter's basketball skill set. As far as drive and determination to become the best player on the court, it's been all her.
From waking up at 6 a.m. for two hour shoot arounds with her father before team practices or open gyms, to joining two club teams in her eighth grade year (simultaneously, at that) for the sake of gaining experience, her passion for the sport has helped her blossom into a game-smart, decisive point guard that is leading a young Coyotes team to success this season.
Maybe that love for basketball developed watching her sister, former MoHi standout Alex Evans, excel to the point where she was a first-team all-state player and earned a college scholarship to CSU-Pueblo.
Perhaps it was from going to camps at CU — where Carter has verbally committed to after a big recruiting period — as a youth and enjoying the process itself.
Or maybe it was just that she was successful at the game from an early age as it was, just a natural talent.
Likely, it was all of that.
Second year coach Bill Bradley sees something in Carter that he's had the pleasure of seeing just a handful of times. At ThunderRidge, he coached Abby Waner and Emily Fox — two of Colorado's all-time greats — and even though he's only seen Carter for 18 months, that's enough to put her on that plane.
Evans understood the game, and Carter clearly took a lot of mental notes watching her sister. But she has always been surrounded by talent in both club and high school ball. Notably, Broomfield grad Brenna Chase (now at BYU) and Monarch teammate Raegen Rohn (now at Sacramento State) were teammates with Carter on the Boulder Rockies club team.
Though she played behind Rohn and had to bide her time to get the starting point guard role at MoHi, Carter said the hours spent in practice with Rohn were "invaluable".
"She was competitive and just so focused at practice and that made me always look up to her and just want to do the things she would do," Carter said. "When she did drills, she wanted to be first in line. When we had any competitions, she always wanted to win.
"When I was a freshman, my club coaches told me one of the things I needed to work on was defense and getting faster feet. Raegan was fast and could hit from anywhere, so I think she helped me become such a better defender, too. But she also taught me how to be tough."
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