Athlete of the Week
A 5-foot-9 junior forward, Bland has been an offensive force early on and ranks among area scoring leaders with an average of 25.2 points per game. She led the undefeated Panthers (5-0) to three wins last week. She scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 68-35 win at Riverview Gardens, put up 40 points, 10 rebounds, eight blocks and eight steals in a 74-10 win over Cleveland and put up a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) to lift the Panthers to a 64-29 victory over University City. Bland, who transferred to Metro as a sophomore, was a first-team all-conference selection last season.