MASON CITY | Back when Myah Mellman was in middle school, she could see the transformation of the Mason City basketball program coming.
She knew that once she and the rest of her running mates hit high school, the perception of the program would change.
It has. And on Wednesday, Mellman became the Mohawks’ second Division I signee in as many years as she inked her national letter of intent with Creighton.
“They spread the ball and shoot the three,” Mellman said. “And that’s what I like to do.”
Mellman, who stands at 5-foot-7, has been one of the driving forces as Mason City’s streak of reaching the state tournament has hit three heading into her senior season. Those are the only state tournament appearances in school history.
She has become one of the state’s most lethal shooters. She has made 161 career 3-pointers and over her sophomore and junior seasons her percentage was just shy of 50 percent from long range.
The reason for those gaudy numbers goes back to practice.
During the offseason, Mellman doesn’t just hoist up 300 3-pointers a day, she forces herself to make 300 3s in a day.
“It doesn’t matter how many you shoot if you don’t make any,” Mellman said.
Mellman’s running mate her first three seasons was Jadda Buckley, who is now starting at Iowa State.
Sophomore Makenzie Meyer, also a guard, has verbally committed to Iowa.
The days of Mason City High struggling to win games is long gone, it appears.
The Mohawks open the season Monday, Nov. 25, at home against Clear Lake.
“I can’t wait for this senior year and hopefully make a lot more memories and set a few more records,” Mellman said. “And hopefully we make it back to the state tournament again and bring back a title this year.”