USC Aiken's Courtney Mealing has adapted to new role

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Dec. 26, 2013 Courtney Mealing's path to USC Aiken is a winding road, at best.

From one change to another, the guard has gone from Strom Thurmond High School to Francis Marion, a two year break in between and, now, to the Pacers program.

A new position is the next bump in the path.

In 2010, the South Carolina AA Player of the Year made an immediate impact as a freshman at Francis Marion.

After two years away from organized basketball, Mealing is back and making a difference for USC Aiken. Even if it's not at her natural position.

Based off need, Mealing has transitioned from shooting guard to point in recent weeks. It's not the ideal situation for Pacers head coach Mike Brandt, but Mealing is adapting like few other players could.

"She brings experience, she brings toughness, she brings heart. Sometimes when we can't find the score, she takes it in there and she finds a way to score for us. I think Courtney's great," teammate Porsha Martin said.

"It's tough to come back and you don't even practice with us and after two years you just get thrown in there and have to play," Coach Brandt said. "She's done a nice job with that, but I look forward to more positive things in the second half of the season."

More improvement likely coming with more repetition for Mealing
With three games under her belt at the point guard position, she's averaging eight points for the 2-9 Lady Pacers.