Student Athlete of the Week: Makinna Winterton

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Whether on the court or on the field, Albemarle's Makinna Winterton is defined by her competitiveness as the daughter of two coaches.

"Who wants it bad enough, she always came in with that attitude," Albemarle girls basketball Coach Rachel Proudfoot said of Winterton, "In her practice she never let a loose ball go, she never let a 50-50 ball go."

"A very competitive person by nature, doesn't have to be in a game or anything," Winterton said, "My mom and dad have always told me that I have an internal fire that's always burning."

Her coaches and teammates are used to hearing that fire from Winternton, just not from the sidelines.

"It was devastating, absolutely heartbreaking," Winterton said.

Just as this past basketball season came to an end, Winterton tore her ACL, also ending her soccer season before it even began.

"This is a difficult role for Makinna, who eats, breathes, sleeps soccer and athletics," Albemarle girls soccer Coach Amy Sherrill said.

Even through adversity Winterton found a new way to keep her competitive edge going from the sidelines.

"I'm always encouraging, always wanting to be loud for the girls on the bench," Winterton said, "Lots of encouragement, lots of just trying to empower them to do their best."

"To hear her voice and to have her being able to take the younger kids in her position under her wing is just so inspiring," Sherrill said of her senior leader.

The next time Makinna steps on a field to play will be with her sister at Southern Virginia, where she will also play basketball. Winterton lets that dream motivate her recovery.

"I'm so excited to finally get back out there and that's what I'm working towards," Winterton said, "That is what's making me so determined to get back."

"While she can't finish out her high school career," Sherrill said, "It's not going to stop her for her collegiate career and we know she'll be back on the pitch and playing and making a name for herself."

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