LOS ALTOS HILLS -- If Marissa Hing has a flaw on the basketball court, it might be that she is too unselfish. Sometimes to her coach's dismay, the Pinewood point guard passes up open shots to pass to teammates.
But nobody is going to fret too much.
Not when Hing has helped lead Pinewood to a 22-1 record and into contention for a Central Coast Section Open Division championship.
"She's the one player on our team that if you took her off the floor, we'd be a much different team," longtime coach Doc Scheppler said.
Hing's unselfishness is not restricted to basketball. A two-sport standout, the junior has helped this winter as a part-timer on the school's soccer team, which has gone through an injury-marred season.
Though Hing has played in only a couple of home soccer games, she quickly made an impression, scoring a goal in her first game.
"I know her from basketball," Pinewood co-girls soccer coach Michael Tetzlaff said. "I didn't know about her exceptional soccer skills. But she is kind of a wizard on the field, like she is on the basketball court. She has exceptional skills as an athlete."
What does Scheppler think about his point guard playing soccer during basketball season?
Hing said she did not tell him before her first game. "But the times after that, he's always known," she said. "He's pretty cool about it. He wants to make sure I don't get hurt."
Scheppler said he doesn't really worry, noting that Hing plays both sports in the summer. "She's done it for years," he said. "She'll practice basketball for an hour and a half in the summer, then go to her soccer practice."
It was not as if Hing was all-in with Pinewood's soccer team. Because injuries had depleted the roster, she was allowed to play without practicing.
"She was a great asset for the few times she came out," Tetzlaff said. "When she stepped on the field, it was an eye-opening experience. That's the kind of player that any soccer coach would like to have."
When one of Hing's basketball teammates, Gabi Bade, got hurt last month, Scheppler had a meeting with his point guard, telling her that the team needed her to shoot a minimum of 10 3-pointers per game.
"They're there for you," Scheppler said. "You're not a ball hog."
Hing's scoring has gone up slightly since Bade went down, up to 11.9 per game, and she leads the team in assists at nearly four per game. But she does much more than put points on the scoreboard.
When Scheppler was asked to describe Hing, the basketball player, he said: "The term when I was playing was 'plays with intensity' or later on you'd say they 'play hard' or now it's 'a motor.'
"So pick your word. She's a very relentless defender. She's got a great skill-set. She can shoot the ball. She's our best shooter. She doesn't know that, but she is. I wish she would think along the lines of a shooter."
Beyond high school
Hing is listed as 5-foot-1 on the basketball team's roster, but she is quick to say, "I am 5-1 and a half."
Despite the diminutive size, Scheppler believes Hing is good enough to play college basketball, noting that she has drawn serious interest from UC San Diego.
"She wants to play sports in college, whether it be soccer or basketball," Scheppler said.
Hing, who began playing soccer when she was 4, said she likes both sports the same. But over the next few weeks, basketball will take center stage as Pinewood continues what has been a magical season.
"Our goal is definitely getting back to state," Hing said.