Palm Bay Fla. - Palm bay girls basketball player Mikyla Tolivert knows how to put the ball into the hoop. Last month she scored her 2000 career point, while leading her team to a strong start to the season. "She is able to score," says teammate Emma Risch. "She is able to get our momentum up and when ever we see her scoring. It gives us energy for us to do something in the game."
"Anywhere my team needs me, that is what I enjoy. I enjoy doing for what's best for my team and winning games at the end of the day. It's exciting knowing that is the only way you could win, getting the ball into the hoop," says Tolivert.
The highly recruited senior had her choices of college to go to, but decided to go out of state when she signed her national letter of intent in November. "My last two schools were Gulf Coast and Georgia State and Georgia State fit, like it's in the city, my family is originally from Georgia, it marked off all my boxes," says Tolivert.
Every since she started taking basketball seriously, she wanted to move out of state to play at the next level. It was one of the many reasons she chose Georgia State. "I've been in Florida my whole life. I wanted to go and experience new things and if I wanted to come back, I could always come back," says Mikyla.
Like many athetic programs in the state, Palm Bay had to deal with games being cancelled because of COVID. "It's like we never know when we are going to play again," says Tolivert.
Despite games being cancelled, the team has gotten off to a quick start to the season. "We are overcoming anything that is coming at us, learning to play together, we are getting there. We are just looking out for a state championship, so keep an eye out for us," says Mikyla.