By Steve Svetovich
The Dunmore Lady Bucks are always known for a team-oriented approach.
And one of its biggest team players and leaders is senior Mia Blume.
Daughter of Teddy and Grace Blume, Mia is the team’s third option after junior center Ciera Toomey, a Division-I recruit, and senior guard Moriah Murray, who will play basketball at Drexel University next year.
However, the senior guard is making a name for herself as Dunmore’s unsung hero.
Mia scored nine points and added four key assists in Dunmore’s 65-30 win over Scranton High School in the Lynett Girls Memorial Tournament semifinal Monday, Dec. 27, at Lackawanna College Student Union. Toomey scored 30 and Murray added 20 in the semifinal.
Mia contributed four points in Dunmore’s 46-17 win over Scranton Prep to help the Lady Bucks regain the Lynett Tournament title Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Lackawanna College Student Union.
Murray scored 17 and tournament MVP Toomey added 15 points in the Lynett title win.
Mia drew praises for her leadership and poise on the court in both games.
A four-year member and three-year starter on the Lady Bucks, the senior guard is averaging over seven points and about four assists per contest.
Enthusiastic and team-oriented, Mia also is an excellent softball player at Dunmore. She is a second baseman and two-year member of the Dunmore softball team.
The senior scholar-athlete has an impressive 3.7 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, TACT and SADD.
Mia, with great energy, said she and her teammates were “super excited” in recapturing the Lynett Tournament crown.
Mia plans on attending Newmann University in Aston, PA where she will major in sports management and play basketball.
“I am looking forward to continuing my basketball career there,” she said. “I love the school, too. I am looking forward to the sports management classes too. I want to manage players someday. I want to branch off into that. We worked hard and turned in the right direction.”
Mia praised her parents for influencing her towards basketball. “My parents are huge influences as to why I always played basketball,” she said. “They shaped me into who I am today. They are the reason I started playing basketball. They got me into it at an early age. And I love the game.”
The well-spoken senior said Dunmore basketball coach Ben O’Brien has also taught her a lot. “He is a great coach and we all love him,” she said. “He brings the best in us. He helps us all play to our full potential.”
A consummate team leader, Mia said playing with Toomey and Murray rubs off on her game and makes the team more successful. “Obviously, it is a great experience playing with two elite players like Ciera and Moriah,” she said. “We all have roles on the team. It just helps us come together and have success as a team. We all work together to make a true team. It’s all about teamwork in the end.”
Mia said she enjoys country music and would like to see Morgan Wallen in concert.
She talked about what it takes to excel at the guard position. “It takes a lot of hard work on and off the court,” she said. “You need to put in the extra time. You need to work hard when no one is watching.”
Mia was an honorable mention for basketball at the guard position in her sophomore and junior years.
She is enjoying her senior year at Dunmore. “Our hard work is paying off. Things are going in the right direction for us. I love it here at Dunmore.”