Ashley Smith named athlete of the year

06/02/2011 10:59

By Alan K. Fox

“What a great honor for A.J., and she is definitely deserving,” head coach Greg Sheley said. “She had an amazing season and we wish her luck as she moves on to the [University of the Pacific].”

Ashley Smith named athlete of the yearAlong the way, Smith led the league in scoring and also finished the season second in rebounding.

“All of the accomplishments that our team had this year were 100 percent team effort. Many of us broke multiple records that have been set for many years, and I broke a few of them myself, too,” Smith said. “I would not have been able to achieve any of them or anything I did this year without the entire team, coaching staff included.”

Her dominance on the floor wasn’t hard to miss during games this season and when she had the ball, whether it be inside or outside, the other team’s defense would be right there with a double-team to try and prevent her from scoring.

The domination on the court helped her being named to the All-Southern Region first-team by averaging a double-double with 23.5 points and 11.03 rebounds per game.

Smith, a former student at Willamette High School, has committed to continue her playing career and education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

“Everyone has helped me in many ways, and I cannot wait to start my new career that I would not have had without my teammates this year,” Smith said. “I am very honored to be the Lane Titan Athlete of the Year, and I will cherish every moment I have had from this year.”