McKamey dominates at a young age

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PADUCAH, KY -- Last week after winning the girls First Region singles title, Michelle McKamey didn't look like someone who had won it for a third straight time.

"I was frustrated with how I played," McKamey said. "I just like to play better. There is always something I can do better."

It's hard to ask the 8th grader to play any better than she already does, but its that competitiveness that has made her so good.

"You have to be a competitor," Lone Oak Head Tennis Coach Larry Heflin said. "You have to be able to handle the ups and downs of the game. She does that already at a young age.

Heflin has been coaching tennis for over 40 years and hasn't seen too many players with her talent at her age.

I've been around for a long time and can only think of one or two people that have won at that age," Heflin said. "Its very big. I would guess only 5 in the state compete at the state level at that age."

"I don't think you can ever realize you are going to be good at something," McKamey said. "You just keep improving on what you have and work from there."

Last year, McKamey finished in the semi finals of the state singles tournament. She was one of the youngest players there.

"I really don't get nervous, just frustrated with myself," McKamey said. "I'm not one to be intimidated by someone because they are older. I have had so much experience.

This year her goal is to win her first state title, but even that may not make her satisfied.

"Even if you win state you can always improve," McKamey said. 'I just want to get better."

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