Updated February 6, 2024 - 2:45 pm
Democracy Prep girls basketball senior guard Demi Thompson Lopez said last week’s game against eight-time reigning state champion Centennial was “like a war.”
Despite battling foul trouble, she made several key plays late to help her team make history.
Thompson Lopez scored the go-ahead basket and added a layup with 30 seconds left to help Democracy Prep pull off a 50-46 road win at Centennial on Jan. 30. It’s the first time a Nevada team has beaten the Bulldogs since Jan. 5, 2015.
She was named Nevada Preps Girls Athlete of the Week for her efforts.
“It was definitely a little scary for sure, the fact that we were in it and we just kept going back and forth,” Thompson Lopez said. “But then when I hit the shot and I hit the layup, it felt like, ‘We’re going to win this.’”
Let’s get to know this week’s Girls Athlete of the Week. (Note: Answers have been edited for clarity and length.)
Nevada Preps: Who’s an athlete you look up to and try to model your game after?
Thompson Lopez: I would say (Aces guard) Chelsea Gray is someone I look up to. I like the way she moves and the way she has energy on the court. She always makes an impact on the court.
NP: What’s on your pregame playlist?
Thompson Lopez: I always put on some Faye Webster or NBA YoungBoy. That’s a good combination.
NP: If you weren’t playing basketball, what sport would you be playing?
Thompson Lopez: I would be on a competitive dance team. Before, I had to choose either basketball or dance, and I chose basketball. Dance is like my other talent.
NP: Do you have a favorite pregame or postgame meal?
Thompson Lopez: My postgame celebratory meal is The Habit. Their salads are so bomb. I usually get the Caesar salad with some teriyaki sauce on the side.