Haven High School senior girls basketball player Faith Paramore has been around basketball her entire life. Her father, Lonnie, is the head boys basketball coach at Haven and it's safe to say that she has grown up in the gym. Paramore is now one of the top senior girls basketball players in the entire state of Kansas heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The 5-foot-11, shooting guard/small forward, earned first team 3A Sports in Kansas honors one season ago after leading her team to a 18-4 record. Paramore averaged 17.7 points per game, 4.2 assists, 7 rebounds, two steals and a block per game as a junior last season, making her one of the more complete players in the state. She uses her size and strength to be one of the more versatile players in the state. It led to her signing at Division I Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Haven has went 52-17 with her entering her fourth year as a starter, earning all-league honors or at least all-state honorable mention honors in each of the last three seasons.
Paramore is the definition of a competitor. While basketball may be her sport, she won a state title last spring in the 800 meter dash in Class 3A. It's not often you see a Division I small forward build win a mid-distance race at the state outdoor. She also earned all-state honors in the javelin and was a state qualifer in the shot put. Paramore was also part of an all-state 4x400 relay. She also earned all-league honors in volleyball. There's not much the senior can't do.
Faith also gets it done in the classroom with a perfect 4.0 GPA at Haven High School. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and her favorite subject is math.
Haven, led by head coach Dwight Roper, should be primed to make a deep run in 2019-2020 with the return of Paramore, Kara Matteson and Sara Yutzy, but first we caught up with the outstanding senior athlete below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Paramore
How did you get involved in basketball and sports?
My dad is the head boys basketball coach at Haven and he’s been a coach my whole life and has been what’s roped me into the sports world. I always loved going to the gym with him when I was little and watch his practices, so when it was my turn to start playing and get into competitive tournaments, all of that background knowledge really helped me.
What are your goals this season?
My goals for the upcoming season are to win over 20 games, win every tournament we compete in and finish the season as State Champions.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
We have an unbelievable opportunity ahead of us this year and I am extremely excited about it. We finished third in the state tournament my sophomore year and have a team coming back stronger than we’ve had in a long time, so yes, we have a great shot to make a run.
What makes you such a force as a player?
My size and strength make me very versatile which can be deadly against certain lineups. If someone small is guarding me, I can go to the block and post them up. If someone big is guarding me, I can take them to the perimeter and break them down to get to the lane. I am very physical and that can bother a lot of people. My length bothers people on defense and I am a very good passer. I see the floor really well and can get the ball where it needs to go. Being a coach’s kid, my basketball IQ is very high which helps me make the correct reads and play calls.
What’s the atmosphere like to play for your school and town?
Playing at Haven is a special thing that I am glad to be part of. The high school is the main attraction in town and the community support is unreal. Some of my favorite fans are little old men that come just to watch our basketball team play and talk to the players. People love us and love watching us play and we love their support. Also, our student section is always rockin’; it’s rare to see a high school girls basketball game with a lot of people in the stands and have the gym really loud, but not at Haven. Our student body, band, and cheerleaders do an exceptional job of showing up for our games and always being loud.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
If you want to see a fast pace, intense, physical girls basketball game, come to a Haven game. We play with a high tempo and run the ball a lot.
Who are other key players on your team?
Seniors Sara Yutzy and Kara Matteson are going to be big forces in the upcoming season. Sara started last year, had a great junior season and continued to improve over the summer. Kara was a starter for us last year as well and had a tremendous summer. They both got more aggressive this past June and I am excited to have them as fellow seniors to help lead the team.
Favorite thing about Basketball?
My favorite thing about basketball is that there are so many different ways someone can impact the game. If you aren’t a great scorer or if you’re just having an off-night, go get 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Not good at passing? Lock-down your player and don’t let them score. There are so many different aspects to the game that make it fun for everybody.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I am an outside hitter for our volleyball team and compete in track and field as well. I run the 800-meter dash, 4x400 meter relay, throw javelin, and depending on the meet I throw shotput or run the 400-meter dash.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Coach Roper has a very distinctive style of coaching and I like the way he conducts himself and runs the team. In practice, we don’t condition so much on the line or just straight run, but we implement conditioning through extra drills and scrimmaging. I have really enjoyed playing for Coach Roper over the past three years and look forward to finishing off my high school career with him as my coach.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
This past summer, my school team played in a summer league against bigger schools and we played in a jamboree that we host at Haven. We finished the summer season with a record of 19-1. I played with the Ohlde Elite AAU organization during the summer and competed in tournaments all over the country as well as doing individual workouts with my coaches.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I have signed to play basketball at Oral Roberts University and plan to major in Criminal Psychology.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
For sure hang out with my friends, whether we go out to eat, watch a movie, or just chill at someone’s house, we’re always having a great time.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I want to be out of school, raising a family and be a behavior profiler for the FBI or coaching at the high school or college level.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
I have a 4.0 GPA and I get all of my work done as soon as I can. I take pride in my schoolwork just as much as I do in my athletics. My favorite subject in school is math and I am in National Honor Society.
Who is your role model?
My parents, Lonnie and Tricia, have made an impact on my life like no one else. They have always been my #1 supporters in anything I do and I can always count on them to be there for me. They are always at my sporting events, school activities, and they support me through everything. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
Mr. Cao. My friends and I go there all the time - 10/10 recommend.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
Whenever I laugh even a little bit more than a giggle, I cry. So if I start telling a funny story or you’re about to tell a joke, get ready for the waterworks.