Athlete of the Week: Palm Beach Lakes's Rashara Simmons

Two years ago, the Palm Beach Lakes girls basketball team won the schools' first state championship. Back then, a seed was planted in mind of then 8th grader Rashara Simmons.

The drive for a title has made her into one of the best sophomore players in Palm Beach County - and now she's the CBS12 Athlete of the Week.

A Thursday practice of a holiday week, and you see some familiar faces at Palm Beach Lakes.

Kayla Thigpen - a sophomore at UCF. Twins Xana and Xena Dove - sophomores at Pensacola Community College.

And other former Lakes players are getting run with the current team - all of them former state champions.

"It gets them motivated and grounded," says Lakes Head Coach Cassandra Rahming.

Tough competition in practice is common at a Cassandra Rahming practice. She'll bring in 30-year olds to run as a scout team. And it's propelled her young team to a 10-1 start.

"It's great because they make us work harder in practice," says Simmons. "Which makes us better in games."

Simmons is the Rams' best player on both sides of the floor. She leads the team in scoring, and in steals.

The Rams have just one true front-court player on the team, and have relied on intensity and determination to win most games this season. And those are traits personified, by their young leader, who is just beginning to scratch the surface of what she can do.

"She doesn't realize how good she can be," says Rahming. "And that's the scary part. Once she realizes that, the sky is the limit."

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