Horton aiming high for 2013-14

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Alexis Horton is in for a busy summer.

The former Andalusia stand out and current Pensacola State College Pirate women’s basketball player is taking summer classes and working out to get ready for next season, where she said she wants to win nationals.

Horton had a good start toward that goal this season, as she started at point guard for the majority of her freshman year. She averaged 9.2 points, 3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Horton said she attributes her success this season to team support.

“I want to say I was well coached by my coaches, and my teammates,” she said. “If it wasn’t for either one of those two, I wouldn’t have been able to do that.

“Being pretty good at the game — that was an advantage, too,” she said.

This season, Horton was named as an honorable mention for the 2013 Panhandle Conference Media All-Panhandle Conference Basketball Team. Additionally, she was named to the first team of the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches All-Panhandle Conference Team. At the Pirates’ winter sports banquet recently, Horton was selected as the most improved player.

Horton faced early adversity in the year when she suffered a shoulder injury that resulted in a March 6-surgery.

While going up for a lay up, another player pulled down on her arm and when she came down, her arm fell out of its socket, Horton said.

“I pulled hard and put it back in the socket,” she said. “After that, it got really bad. I couldn’t hold up my arm to wave at people. It would fall out of the socket.”

Horton said she wore arm braces for support, but the shoulder wouldn’t get better, which resulted in surgery to fix it.

“(My doctor) had to push the labrum up because it was messed up,” she said. “He had to go in and tighten everything back up and put it where it was supposed to be.”

This summer, Horton goes to class from Monday through Thursday, and has shoulder rehab on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Right now, Horton said she’s working hard to get back in the shape she was in before her freshman season started.

“This year, I want to make it farther than we did (this season),” she said. “I actually want to win nationals this year.”

The Andalusia native said she’s enjoying her time at PSC, and can’t wait to get back on the court this fall for her sophomore season.